House on the Water / Le 2 Workshop


Our friends from Le 2 Workshop sent us House on the Water, a self-sufficient house for nomadic life offshore. Designed as a rental house for people who want to be independent it’s available only through water. It is located by Navagio beach, NW coast of the Greek .

The orientation was developed to maximize the use of solar energy. Strong decisions and consequence in driving its proportions guarantee the uniqueness of (formo)design. Dynamic and simple form are the result of the yach architecture interpretation. The core, made of concrete, is combined with steel cantilever structures. Foundation for the house is a concrete counterweight foot stabilizet with the sea bed pile system.The floating deck, which rises with the water level thanks to the railing installed in the core structure, leads you to the stairway. The top deck is available for the residents as well.

Eco-friendly features like the water desalination, energy accumulation, ventilation methods, water recycling, heat and energy consumption, tidal and solar energy systems are all there. HotW was designed to be sustainable. It is not only the installations, but it’s form and orientation. Vertical lines on the facade are the rails for computer driven shading system.

More images after the break.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "House on the Water / Le 2 Workshop" 23 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Sep 2014. <>


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    Maxwell render rocks! Definately!
    I saw this on maxwell forum some time ago and thought it was a great project. I still think so. Dinamic yet quite useful.

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    well, sometimes sustainablity isn’t everything, but i’m against having the steel structure appearent though. and i must say renders are amazing.

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    how is this nomadic? looks to be a great design- but calling something sustainable and nomadic is much different than actually being so.

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    if a design is so beautiful that it will not be demolished after 20 years it is very sustainable, steel or no steel. great project, nice tension in the form. only don’t like hyper real renders personally it leaves nothing for the imagination and can only be disappointing in reality.

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    The horizontal window bars should be engineered out.

    Fit extra large windows that conform to the spaces between the steel beams, thereby obscuring the window frames by aligning them with the beams.

    The expense would be well worth the effect.

    The odd angles and the differing thickness and medium between the beams and the bars are not particularly attractive or intellectually interesting and cause an unnecessary clutter and visual tension.

    This building deserves it. They’ve gone so far towards sheer minimalism, why not go all the way and realize the full scope of the idea?

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    I am waiting for a meltami wind, in a nce afternoon with high waves,
    It is a nice rendering of a non adequate project

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      totally agree… and a nice way to ruin the coastline.

      @hj: so it is sustainable if it lasts more than 20 years only? ouch. buildings are not paperbags.

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    Steel is not a good option for the structure of a house located just in the sea… especially with all that huge cantilever.

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    personally I think this project is about something way more different than waves, steel or exact location. hope you understand my point of view.

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    In 2006, I designed a self-sufficient building on the water.

    It gets the energy by the sun and the sea, like this one.

    And used Eco-friendly features like the water desalination, energy accumulation, ventilation methods, water recycling, heat and energy consumption, tidal and solar energy systems…

    But it was different, it had other design, others materials, structure…

    María Verde Muniesa_

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