5 amazing modern boat house designs

Here is 10 modern boat house designs that defies traditional assumption on how a houseboat should look like. This article was inspired by one of the most visited page on the site: modern small houseboat designs. Given the demand, I decided to write another article that looks at more boat house designs which are modern and sophisticated.

#1: Watervilla De Omval in Amstel river-Amsterdam

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One of the most cutting edge boat house that was designed. The 200 square meter boathouse uses an open concept inside the boat to let everyone staying inside the house have a clear view of the river. On the outside, a curvy design was employed to create a sexy look that stands in contrast to the peaceful surroundings.

#2 Lower Mill Estate in UK

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This modern boat house design, designed by Sutherland Hussey Architects, came out of the competition and was showcased in RIBA and the V&A in 2005. The exterior design has been designed to take in maximum sunlight and exposure so that the people living inside can enjoy the warmth of sailing down the river. The arch provide shelter to a nice and warm afternoon tea. There is even a lap pool that forms the edge of the boat house.

#3: Guertin Boat Port in Canada

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The Guertin Boat Port is designed by Architecture Inc. of Winnipeg, Canada. Stationed at storm bay, the boat house exterior material reflects the lights off the river, creating a wonderful lighting effect. Taking inspiration from industrial design, the Guertin Boat Port has a strong metallic structure that uses lots of concrete, stainless steel and glass.

#4: Modern floating boat house in Germany’s Eilbek Canal

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Designed by prenger von der Lippe, this design takes the traditional wooden boat house and upgrades it with a modern twist. The main idea is using lots of steel and metallic materials to provide a modern feel.

#5: Circular boat house design in Lake Austin

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A very unique circular boat house design that isn’t common. Coming from the US based design firm, Bercy Chen Studio, this design combines Eastern and Western influence to create a playful and yet harmonious look. Leveraging on its water asset, the design turns the home into a water playground with a running waterfall and a circular stairway.


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