More and more architectural firms are looking toward amphibious constructions as land becomes a scarce resource. For instance, The Floating City project envisions an entire floating city by the year 2020. At the same time, Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has recently revealed plans for a city of ocean buildings made from 3D-printed plastic waste. But there are also water-living innovations that seek to solve problems on a micro level.
Designed by the renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema, the WaterNest 100 is made entirely of recycled laminated timber and a recycled aluminium hull. An EcoFloLife project, the WaterNest is an amphibious 100 square metre residential unit.
The floating house can be positioned alongside rivers, lakes bays, atolls and sea areas with calm waters. According to EcoFloLife, the home’s use of sustainable production methods makes it up to 98 per cent recyclable. “In addition, thanks to a sophisticated system of internal natural micro-ventilation and air conditioning, it is classified as a low-consumption residential habitat.”