Floating House

The budget for this project was very low and therefore we decided to rationalise the design as much as possible and had to make it as clever as possible.


We used the Japanese “Tatami” size and arrangement as an inspiration for this project. A Tatami is a type of mat which is used as a flooring material in traditional Japanese-style rooms. There are rules concerning the number of Tatami mats and the layout of the Tatami mats in a room. The proportion of the Tatami is similar to the proportion of a standard sized plywood panel (and a lot of building board materials). We used the “Tatami” as a grid for the house. The floor-spans are linked to the maximum timber spans (and linked to Tatami). The cladding, plywood, is also linked to this “Tatami” grid and is a subtle reference to a fish-scale pattern (biomimicry: emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies). The benefit of this total system and strategy is; that the proportions of the rooms, cladding, materials, will relate all together and will be well proportioned, the left-overs from materials will be minimised and this will result in using less material and less expenses.

One of the spaces will be double height and will have a flexible layout. The 100 sq m rooftop will be half filled with solar panels which will be concealed by the balustrade.



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