"It’s kind of a pilgrimage getting from the house to the lake,” explains architect Arthur Andersson, who, with partner Chris Wise, designed this boathouse and then a residence for the Martin family in the hills west of Austin, Texas. Designed as a prefabricated monolithic steel grid, the boathouse’s orthogonal frame was delivered from Houston by truck and then transported by barge to the site.
Kevin Weiss of the Toronto firm Weiss Architecture and Urbanism designed this private boathouse and dock for a family on an island in the archipelago in Georgian Bay, Ontario. The structure consists of a cedar dock, floating docs and bridges, a food-service area, a covered seating pavilion, and a building where kayaks and windsurfing equipment is stored.
The Houdini-like designers behind this boathouse on Balsam Lake, about 80 miles northeast of Toronto, employed giant steel arches to make the structure disappear from view and in its place create the illusion of a gentle slope of land leading out to the lake.
Weathered cedar slats mark the facade of Doug and Becca Worple's lake house in Ontario. On the edge of a tiny island accessible only by boat, this buoyant summer home lives the life aquatic.
With the help of architect Ryan Mankoski of Ninebark Design Build, interior designer Kim Mankoski, and local builder Dyna Contracting, Denise Draper ended up with a 1,000-square-foot boathouse in Seattle that’s one with its surroundings.
When a couple in Amsterdam decided to upgrade their residence from a small houseboat to a larger one, they sought a design that would elevate the kitchen—literally. Set on the top floor and opening onto a large terrace, the airy room is the hub of the houseboat.
In Berlin, Germany, brothers Chris and Oliver Laugsch bought a one-of-a-kind houseboat for their vacation rental company, Welcome Beyond. Initially built as a home by a Dutch designer, the Modern House Boat is a three-room, 645-square-foot floating hotel. Instead of crisp sheets and room service, they offer a stellar city view and blissful peace and quiet.
Designer Alejandro Capdevila of Isola System built this approximately 800-square-foot floating house in Wrocław, Poland. The space features minimal furnishings and uninterrupted views of the water, letting the waterfront setting stand out.
Port X in Prague is a buoyant dwelling for modular, modern living. Prague’s Atelier SAD completed the concept, collaborating with a company that develops sailing boats to fabricate its curved exterior. While images of the fully wired home on the water make for great photo ops, Port X is at home built for both land and sea.