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Hideout in a solitary sea dwelling Living in your own solitary sea dwelling


Hideout in a solitary sea dwelling Living in your own solitary sea dwelling

  • Year2014
  • LocationSea

Ever wanted to live secluded in a harsh and lonely landscape? Where you can't leave your house and the only signs of life fly by overhead or swim underwater? Well, here is the apartment for you: Belgian architecture studio Morphocode has designed “Wind Turbine Loft,” conceptualized to be placed on top of offshore wind turbines.

All the way out in the blue expanses of the ocean, these small residences are made to house the workers who are tasked with maintaining the giant blades of the windmills, which require almost constant scrutiny. Rather than take boats out a great distance to work everyday, they could live in these cozy pads during the week, similar to how firemen have houses that they patrol.

The houses take on new significance in the light of studies recently released by the European Environment Agency's (EEA), showing that wind power in Europe is expected to increase 100 times its current output. On top of that (no pun intended), wind turbines are growing rapidly, and the newest generation of this technology will be three times the length of a 747 Passenger Jet.

Rather than repurpose the frontiers of the post-industrial landscape and renovate empty spaces, the house attempts to find new space for habitation, furthering the original concept of the loft: that of pure space. As Marcus Fields put it, “Lofts were once simply spaces, nothing more than mere space”. While the view will be spectacular, let's just hope they bring some fun games to play out there.


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