Over the holidays, we caught up on a number of Grand Designs episodes from the past. In case you’ve never heard of Grand Designs, it’s a British TV show where the host, Kevin McCloud visits families building their own homes, sometimes with their own bare hands. Design ideas are usually very unique to what the family wants from a house, and not always a great idea considering the landscape and environment. One such house was a house built on an island only accessible by foot, right along the river Thames, and it was called “the first amphibious house in the UK“. As expected they were met with plenty of problems due to the location of the build, but the end result was a spectacular floating home, the first of its kind in the UK! During the show the host visits Waterwoningen in Amsterdam where a whole complex of 75 homes float completely on water, and go up and down with the tide.
This was an eye-opener for us, but turns out people have been building on water and finding creative ways to cope with the unique challenges of the tide, salt water, erosion and wind through many years of experience. Not only are they coping with it, they are mastering the art of living on water! From Thailand to Canada, you will find floating architecture that are evidence of masterful design and innovative engineering through and through.