Saturday, 15 September 2012

Self-Sufficient Houseboat Lets You Leave Civilization Behind

Self-Sufficient Houseboat Lets You Leave Civilization Behind:

Leaving the everyday world behind and leaving on a global adventure is a daydream that most of us have had at one time or another. How many of us would be brave enough to leave behind not only the routine of every life, but the very land on which we live?

No Land In Sight is a student project from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. It explores the relationship between adventuring humans and the sea, examining exactly how a long-term sea journey would play out practically and technologically.

Sustainable power has a starring role in the design. Wind and solar power are two of the obvious choices for renewable energy on an ocean-bound houseboat, and this design features several large solar panels and a retractable wind turbine.

The turbine powers a desalinization system that makes ocean water potable for the humans on board. That system also allows the substantial on-board garden to have a constant supply of fresh water.

Far from being simply a novelty for those who enjoy living on a lake, this design was meant for the serious ocean-lover who needs to get away from civilization for long periods of time. With ocean levels rising, we may one day all seek out floating, sustainable houses like this one.

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