Icebergs / Daniel Andersson

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Daniel Andersson shared with us his project Icebergs.  An iceberg only shows the tip above the water surface, the rest stays hidden below. These floating summer cottages in sheltered bays an lakes around Åland Islands, investigates this concept. See more images and architect’s description after the break.

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Cabin villages are a normal sight aroun the Åland Islands. The client Ålands Hotell & Restaurangskola asked for a refine concept to attract more tourists during summer months.

The functions are arranged in a spiral form elevating from the lowest point, the living room and up through the entrance to the roof which serves as a sun deck. The shape of the cottage acts a ship hull pushing away water to stay floating. Secondary pontoons are placed underneath the body and also works as stabilizers.


The floor plan is 60m2 with clear definition between private and public. All functions are arranged around the central atrium that also contains the staircase. The atrium provides the light and underwater windows provide views. A sauna is located in the bathroom and is given easy access to run out, up the stairs to jump into the water.

The cottages are anchored to the seabed in clam areas due to its vulnerability for high waves. Water and electricity is connected through underwater cables and pipes to a central station on the mainland. Precautionary bilge pumps are installed under the staircase to remove all water that would leak over.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Icebergs / Daniel Andersson" 21 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 Sep 2014. <>


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    Hey there are these ex= oil engineers in Western Australia, who used to work on rig designs and constructions who are developing power generation and desalination with some balloons/pumps that are anchored to sea floor.It could be a great marriage.

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    I’m sure ‘clam’ is meant to read ‘calm’ in the last paragraph of the description.

    Lovely project

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    i suppose it would gently rock and stuff in the water.. maybe they could equip it with a system using the constant kinetic motion of water so it can generate its own power

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    It is a great idea.
    it may be an engineering challenge as well.
    i hope they have windows at the lower level

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    Would be wonderful to see this realised.

    I love the floorplan, how the stairs are open enough to be used as terraces (along with the roof) and how they divide the living spaces and the sleeping quarters.

    Even if the shape is very edgy and strong, the layout still seems very organic.

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    Nice houseboat typology,i like it. a couple of points though:
    1. As the boat sits so low in the water the opportunities for natural light and outlook through windows are limited, which is a shame as Scandinavia does not enjoy too many hours of sunlight a year, so holiday makers would want to make the most of the sun. That said, there could be ways to get more light in through the roof plane.

    2. Due to the low living quarters i envisage that the occupants would spend most of their time on the roof terrace. Going there with kids or toddlers would be great fun, but there is no option for securing the edges. Unfortunately, Building Control would probably be quick to equip this particular “iceberg” with handrails all around. That would be a shame.

    Fun project!

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