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Thursday
Mar172011

Floating In Style

One of the first things I remember catching my attention when I visited Amsterdam last October was the amount of houseboats along the city's winding canals. They're very coveted real estate and they vary in style. I've always had the idea that houseboat living was casual and free, but after finding the very slick De Omval houseboat I'm starting to change my mind. The challenge for Dutch Studio +31Architects was to design a boat with an open floor plan that would allow their clients to enjoy the views of the Amstel River and the outdoor space to a maximum. They wanted all the charm that comes with living on the water but with a stylish design to meet their modern needs — not the typical houseboat they were used to. I've never considered living on a houseboat, but I have to admit this one might do it for me. It is absolutely flawless.

Images by Colin Morsch via +31Architects / Spotted in weheart

Reader Comments (4)

Well that certainly floats my boat (-:
Agree with you re: the flawless comment.

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Mar 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda from OEKE
Love, love love! Especially that piled chair. There was a similar Thames houseboat featured in UK's House and Garden a couple of years ago - I love the trend away from ropes and buoys and towar sleek, contemporary design.
Mar 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Row, Row your boat! OMG, Now I have to go find myself a canal!
Mar 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica
This boat is indeed bizar! I'm living in Amsterdam for a while now, but this boat is indeed still a beautiful piece of living. Extremely well designed. And I am so jealous....

Great piece of design and living work!
Aug 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

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