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Floating mobile house Floating mobile house for calming water retreat


Floating mobile house Floating mobile house for calming water retreat

  • Year2013
  • LocationSea

Easily docked at a marina or pier, the “floating house” by Dymitr Malcew is a mobile structure that can be transported to different locations. The project was based around the idea of minimally impacting its surroundings, while still offering an “out of the ordinary” experience. Designed for a Paris-based developer h2orizon, specialists in floating structures, the unique retreat provides maximum visual connections to the landscape. All the interior rooms have direct access to the terrace around its perimeter, enabling the outside world to blend in. The base is constructed of a buoyant platform that gently moves from place to place, while the roof is carried by a system of columns separated from a glass curtain wall. This solution allows micro-movements caused by the uneven water surface the house sits on, and also penetrates high-levels of natural light into the calming space.

The “floating house” is designed on a transportable base that can move to different locations.

The structure has minimal impact on its surroundings, but provides a direct connection to nature.


Architect and Designer based in Singapore. Specializing in experience oriented spatial design strategies for hospitality, retail, residential and workplace. Recently completed projects include Johnnie Walker House in Beijing and Shanghai, restaurants and boutiques in Singapore, commercial and residential projects in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.