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Solar powered floating home
By Jinny Throup
A floating solar powered home made from almost 100% recyclable materials has been designed by architect Giancarlo Zema and developed by the EcoFloLife company. It’s called the ‘WaterNest 100’ and it can be positioned in any large calm body of water. The floating home is completely solar-powered, and made from recycled and sustainable materials, so it offers an attractive and low-impact way to live in harmony with nature. The pod-shaped unit is 12 metres in diameter, 4 metres tall, and is constructed from recycled laminated timber and a recycled aluminium hull.

The rounded wooden roof is topped by a 60 square metre photovoltaic solar array, and it features four skylights, large windows and balconies that wrap around to afford wonderful views of the water. The structure is classified as a “low-consumption residential habitat” due to its “sophisticated system of natural micro-ventilation and air conditioning.” The flexible interior design means that it is not restricted to use as a home, as it can easily be converted into an office, restaurant, bar or shop.


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