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For Sale: Waterfront Property In Trendy Floating Village
April 10, 2013
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Photo: via Marinetek

Whatever floats your boat - or should we say, home.

These floating villages are a joint venture between two companies in Finland - Marinetek and Sito.

Just don't expect any finished basements.

The water hamlets do however, offer a range of cool green technology and they're even able to withstand extreme winds and waves, so your living room won't be swept out into international waters.

And apparently, winter is no problem - at least according to this image.

Located in Pori, a city of 80,000 in southwest Finland, the homes range from 560 to 1,000 square feet and are inspired by traditional boat sheds.

The architects are aiming to make the homes LEED certified (a rating criteria for design and construction of high-performance green technology).

The prefab modules are taken to the building site by cargo ships or by land, and are assembled and lifted onto pontoons, which are then anchored.

The pontoons consist of steel reinforced concrete, timber deck and side paneling made with treated Finnish pine. They're longer and wider than the mass of the house and have a low centre of gravity.

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Photo: via Marina Housing

According to Marinetek, the homes have systems to reduce energy usage by 80% and they can be equipped with solar thermal panels.

And yes, they are connected to the municipal water and sewage system.

According to Inhabitat.com, each home in the community (16 homes in all) will have a shredder pump to dispose of waste. The pumps can be maintained and inspected through hatches built into the piers.

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Photo: via Marinetek

You never know - if climate change causes sea levels to rise, more and more people could one day be living like this.

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