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FloatWing House in China

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30 Apr 2018

FloatWing House in China Design

Architects: pedro brigida arquitectos

Location: China

FloatWing® House

Floatwing House in China

Photos: Jose Campos

1. The FloatWing® concept
The creation of FloatWing® came from the desire to meet a growing need for people to escape the confusion and hustle and bustle of the great city and to approach the Nature. Whether a romantic gateway for two or a mobile house in the middle of a lake for the entire family or a group of friends, a weekend hut, haven for a longer stay or in the context of an alternative lifestyle as a first dwelling or place of work, FloatWing® is a very convenient equipment to engage all this without giving up a good deal of comfort.

Floatwing House in China

Floatwing House in China

Token separately, the ideas behind the FloatWing® concept (a floating house, thermal insulation, solar technology, environmental concerns, mobility, pre-fabrication, modular design, packing and dispatching in standard containers, local assembly), were not really innovative. Put together, however, they compose a highly innovative product that is, in many aspects, unique in the world market.

Floating House in China

Floatwing House China

The fact that the development interdisciplinary team worked in a close relation, resulted in a very well integrated product were all the technical options, the shapes, the materials, the equipment and the dimensions were always seen as both architectural, structural, electrical, electronic, mechanical and environmental elements. FloatWing® is produced bythe company FRIDAY, Science and Technology of Leisure, SA, a spin-off of the University of Coimbra, whose founder and FloatWing’s project director is Full Professor of this University.

Floatwing House in China

Chinese House Boat design by pedro brigida arquitectos

Our reflection, which could have led to the mountain bungalow or the lighthouse on top of the escarpment, or the isolated mill on the hill crest, or the forest hut, went to get a little of each of these elements, adding to them the mobility and nomadism and adopting the principles of prefabrication, modularity, energy autonomy and environmental sustainability.

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Floatwing House in China

All this resulted in the creation of a floating house fully independent over a long period of time, that produces up to 90% of its household annual energy needs and reduces by 99% the organic load of its wastewater, which allows living with all the security and comfort over a lake surface, moving at a moderate speed of 5 knots, choosing every day, if that is the will, a new location for anchoring and making it the starting point for a number of water sports such as sailing, rowing, water skiing, fishing, or the appropriate spot for an intellectual activity, or simply the world’s best place to sunbathe, to see the stars or to rest.

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Floatwing House in China

2. Modularity
With a fixed width of 6 meters and lengths ranging from 10 to 18 meters, the possibilities are almost endless. Whether we look for a cozy studio or a fully furnished three – bedroom house with up to three bathrooms, the freedom of nature is within reach.

Floatwing House in China

Floatwing House in China

The house has a highly modular design (more than three hundred possible different standard lay-outs) to fit the needs of a growing market (see ATN 2), can be easily stored in two or three standard containers, including all its components, equipment and furniture, and shipped to almost anywhere on the planet.

Floatwing House

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The project development started in January 2013 and took about three years to reach the stage of “ready for commercialization”, including the construction of a prototype.

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The year of 2016 was our first year of commercialization, with five units sold. At this moment the development process is already stabilized, with a high quality product that takes three months to be pre-fabricated and two to three week to be mounted on its site, depending on the size and level of equipment.

Floatwing House in China

The search for a market to our product came together with the search for a product to our market. That’s why FloatWing® is now a mature product with a wider range of use (not only as a house but also as a restaurant, a bar, an office, a reception room, a conference room, a meeting room, a gym, a SPA or even a hotel) and several technical options available, such as aluminium floaters, electric motorization, water maker equipment, bow and stern thrusters.

The marketing strategy is based on a quite classical approach: presence in some major international shows, publication in some reference international revues and architectural sites, digital marketing. The product is good and this is the most important asset for a successful marketing.

Floatwing House in China

For Friday, the future will always be a Treasure Island, the happiest day of the week, when all the expectations are permitted and the weekend spirit emerges in all its marvellous power.

Floatwing House in China

Floatwing House in China

3. Mobility, Autonomy and Sustainability
The house produces all the energy it needs (see ATN 4), most of which coming directly from the Sun. It has been designed with low environmentally impactful materials and technologies that reduce its carbon footprint and lower its energy needs (see ATN 3). For instance, all its external walls, floor and ceiling are very well insulated with a 10 cm width ICB cork layer and double (or tripe) grazed windows with argon or krypton gaps, making it possible to have an internal 20 to 25ºC warm comfort temperature, even under extreme weather conditions.

It has a compact activated sludge wastewater treatment plant that may be complemented by an inverse osmosis filtration. With a fully equipped kitchen for everyday use, air conditioning system and AC generator (see ATN 5), a barbecue on the upper terrace for sunny days and a wine cellar and pellet stove to keep us warm on cold days, the list of facilities included guarantees a great living experience in full autonomy. FloatWing® is a mobile platform, enabling the users to wake up in a different place every day. Equipped with two outboard engines, it moves with a cruising speed of 5 knots. We don’t want to go fast as for FloatWingers the ride is part of the pleasure.

Floatwing House in China

Floatwing House in China

Photographer: Jose Campos

FloatWing House in China images / information received 300418

Location: People’s Republic of China

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