Image of the week: Villa W, Marinstaden
Lightweight materials, sustainable timber and prefabrication techniques are used design and construct this floating villa in Sweden
Report from – Damien Carr
Sweden has over 95,000 lakes larger than 100m x 100m, representing 9% of the country’s total area and lots of opportunities to build beautiful floating homes. That is exactly what specialists in floating construction Bluet Ltd and Marinetek Group have achieved floating villa. However, constructing floating buildings pose their own design and construction challenges.
To ensure stability and prevent it from tipping the balance point of the house has been designed to fall directly at its centre, despite the irregular shape of its design, while construction on water meant that elements of the house were prefabricated 10 miles away off-site. The house can also be towed away.
Lightweight material were also specified, the external façade combining glass, white fibre cement and sustainable Kebony wood. Developed in Norway, the Kebony technology modifies sustainably sourced softwoods so that they permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability. Beyond the choice of materials, the floating home has been designed to make no imprint on the surrounding nature, with the ability to be towed away at any time without impacting the bay.