5 houses on water (that look really great in winter)

Think that living on water only works when the sun is out? These houses will make you think again
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Paul de Ruiter Architects Villa Kogelhof 2013 | Noord-Beveland, The Netherlands
Paul de Ruiter Architects Villa Kogelhof 2013 | Noord-Beveland, The Netherlands

The act of building has a somewhat conflictual relationship with water. Dependent on location - be it the arctic north, the tropical south or any of the temperate climes in-between - snow and ice, rain, and atmospheric humidity are an architect’s greatest adversaries.

 

Tham & Videgård Arkitekter Summerhouse Lagnö 2012
Tham & Videgård Arkitekter Summerhouse Lagnö 2012

Where there is water, however, there is infinite scope for architectural innovation. Our new book Living on Water, features 55 beautiful houses built on or near water.

 

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Sunset Rock House 2011
MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Sunset Rock House 2011

In it, you'll find a significant contingent of dwellings in which the relationship between land, house, and water (lakes, rivers, oceans, and climatic conditions, such as mist, fog, rain, and snow) is a deliberate design decision.

 

Paul de Ruiter Architects Villa Kogelhof 2013
Paul de Ruiter Architects Villa Kogelhof 2013

The careful shaping of a building's volumes may allow for exterior areas to be shielded from harsh winds for instance, creating pockets of habitable outdoor rooms. A large, undulating roof following the topography of the site may create grand eaves that serve as shelter from the sun, or rain. 

 

Rural Design Architects Loch Duich 2016
Rural Design Architects Loch Duich 2016

Living on Water is thoughtfully divided into three thematic chapters dedicated to; houses built to look at the water; houses built to be on the water; and houses built to be reflected by the water. And these aspirational dwellings are shot in every light under every circumstance.

 

John Wardle Architects Shearers Quarters 2011
John Wardle Architects Shearers Quarters 2011

But given the wintry weather right now, for our first look at it we've decided to pick on a few of the ones that still manage to look great in winter. If you like what you see you can pre-order Living on Water here. 

 

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