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It’s a house and not a boat, but it can be aptly called a houseboat. More specifically, it’s a residential project by Sprenger Von Der Lippe placed on the Eilbek water canal in Hamburg, Germany.
It’s not motorised. It’s a 1500 sq. ft. steel, wood and glass giant floating on calm waters. The habitat benefits from the nearby vegetation to augment the degree of privacy and introversion. However, the private, natural surroundings are rendered open by the house’s glass facade.
In a way, the structure is able to shelter both introverts and extroverts: the lower-floor bedrooms are private and secluded, whereas the upper glass-walled space is flush with natural light from all directions and a view of tall trees and dense ground vegetation.
The firm has kept a common theme of brown, white and grey colours throughout the entire design, which, when combined with sleek wooden accents, creates a modern and sophisticated rustic look.
Next time you’re in Hamburg, pay a visit to Eilbek’s gentle sleeping giant.
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Photos by Meike Hansen, Archimage.