If you’ve ever spent any time near the water, either along a coastline or next to a river or lake, you know how tranquil the surroundings can be. The chatter of seabirds, the whisper of water as it moves past fixed objects—just part of what has drawn humanity to waterways since the dawn of civilization. In their 2010 project “Houseboat on the Eilbek Canal,” architects from the German firm Sprenger von der Lippe tapped into man’s innate affinity for water in the construction of their 1500 sq. ft., steel, glass, and wood Hamburg houseboat. The lower-floor bedrooms are private and secluded, whereas the upper glass-walled living space is flush with natural light from all directions and a breathtaking view of surroundings lush with tall trees and dense ground vegetation. Via Inthralld.
Swanky Floating Abode on Hamburg’s Eilbek Canal