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The ultimate in green living? Luxury zero-energy boathouse in Seattle cleans the water around it using floating planters (19 Pics)

  • These striking pictures show the beautifully-designed interior of the floating house, dubbed Houseboat H 
  • One of the home's most important features is the floating islands suspended below the deck 
  • Looking out on to Lake Union and the Seattle city skyline, the eco houseboat even has room for a wine cellar
  • As well as having designer interiors the eco home was primarily designed to enrich the environment


  • Incredible images have revealed a stunning houseboat that actually improves the environment around it, the architects claim. Salvaged logs were dried and processed and incorporated into the interior of the home, including a dramatic curved ceiling in the bedroom


    Made from recycled plastic material, the planters allow the roots of native plants to grow through and eventually extend into the water below, creating fish habitats. A large window (pictured) in the basement float of the house allows observation of the fish inhabiting these islands


    These striking pictures show the beautifully-designed interior of the floating house, dubbed Houseboat H, which has a spacious kitchen and living area that is flooded by natural light thanks to large windows


    Looking out on to Lake Union and the Seattle city skyline, the ecological houseboat even has room for a wine cellar with a cool underwater window. Pictured is the bathroom 


    As well as having designer interiors the eco home was primarily designed to enrich the environment and create habitats for aquatic life, architects say


    The houseboat is the work of architect Michelle Lanker and her husband Bill Bloxom who explained how houseboat culture has always included responsible stewardship of lakes and waterways. Pictured is the living area

    Ms Lanker and her team believe that Houseboat H is the best of both worlds as it respects and celebrates the beauty of the lake aesthetically and ecologically while incorporating the benefits of cutting edge technology


    The couple lost their original, 100-year old houseboat structure to fire. Although the structure itself was destroyed, the old-growth cedar logs which formed the traditional float for the original home were surprisingly well-preserved


    Ms Lanker and her team chose opening glass NanaWall systems (pictured at the front) in the living room and master bedroom which fully retract to allow interaction with the lake


    When closed, the aluminium cladding and performance sills are engineered to perform in heavy wind and rain environments, protecting against heat loss, water penetration and air infiltration. Pictured is the living area


    Sustainability is incorporated into the design and the walls and roof are made with maximum insulation thicknesses and minimum air leakage


    One of the home's most important features is the floating islands suspended below the deck which are designed to create new habitats for aquatic life and thereby extend the shoreline. Pictured is another bedroom 


    Made from recycled plastic material, the planters under the boat (not pictured) allow the roots of native plants to grow through and eventually extend into the water below, creating fish habitats


    The exterior materials have been chosen for minimum maintenance and maximum durability. Unlike traditional houseboats, there is no wood cladding on the exterior to insure against corrosion and weathering. Pictured is the wine cellar

    The exterior cement fibre wall panelling is installed as a rain screen system to prevent moisture infiltration


    Two-thirds of the roof is covered by a 5.32 KW solar array, installed over a standing seam metal roof. The final third curved portion is a vegetated roof system to help insulate the interior space


    A titanium plate with an 800 lineal foot transfer fluid coil loop is attached to the west side of the deck structure and extends into the water to collect heat from the lake


    An 80-gallon storage tank supplies hot water for the household and the polished concrete heated flooring


    Pictured is the kitchen. The house uses floating island technology, which is designed to improve water quality and to create new habitats for aquatic life, thereby extending the shoreline, architects say

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