2 years ago
Your next houseboat doesn’t have to look like a barge with a roof on it. Well, not on Waterlovt’s watch, at least.
The Dutch design firm has put together one of the most architecturally stunning houseboat designs to date. It’s the brainchild of entrepreneur Berend Lens van Rijn, who wanted to bring the concept of luxury living offshore. According to van Rijn, there are more than 10,000 houseboat owners in the Netherlands—but the trick to launching a luxe version was selling potential owners on safety, sustainability, and, of course, access to all of the fanciest bells and whistles available on land. It seems to be working, as 20 orders are already being negotiated in the Abu Dhabi market.
Waterlovt is offering four different designs—the 90 (base-level design), 120, 180, and 240, each building on the amenities of the previous version. (A fifth could also be built to spec, featuring an owner’s own design.) To give you an idea of what you might find aboard a Waterlovt, the houseboat runs anywhere from 72–90 feet long and features a split-level concept. So your living room, entertainment area, study, and kitchen spaces would be located on the top deck, while your two-to-four-bedroom sleeping quarters would be on the bottom. The Waterlovt is also completely self-sustainable, featuring its own desalination plant to produce clean, fresh water; an ecologically-friendly system that processes organic waste and converts it to energy; and specialized, climate-control flooring that can either be heated or cooled depending on the time of the year.
Think of the sun as the key to your next major houseboat party. Solar panels and batteries affixed to the top of the Waterlovt generate and store energy that can be used to run onboard appliances—or just keep your home cinema and audio systems primed and ready for use.
Depending on the size of your brood, Waterlovt can also modify its houseboat design to accommodate any family. Check out the company’s concept designs below.