BMT Asia Pacific, the firm behind the Project Utopia floating island, has developed a new concept for a luxury floating villa envisioned for calm waters near the coast. Boasting an underwater bedroom that would literally let you sleep with the fishes, SeaScape can also be expanded with attachable pontoons to increase available floorspace.
SeaScape currently exists only in renders, and BMT Asia Pacific hasn't revealed some of the finer points of the design (perhaps because they don't exist yet). That said, the concept high-end villa sits upon a triangular floating pontoon measuring 700 sq ft (65 sq m). This is expandable to 1,800 sq ft (167 sq m) using additional pontoon modules. It's not clear exactly how the homes attach to the extra pontoons, but the firm implies it would be a simple process.
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The villas would be prefabricated and transportable within a standard shipping container when disassembled. Marine-grade aluminum and fiberglass are slated for use as building materials.
SeaScape is somewhat green too, albeit more due to the practicalities of living off-shore than strict environmental concerns. "All the systems on the SeaScape model those found on yachts, meaning there is the intention to have the units as self-sustained for water and power," a company rep told Gizmag.
"While we haven’t specifically focused on green features in the design a number of them are intrinsic to a waterside location – improved natural ventilation from sea breezes, temperature moderation through the hull from seawater. However developers/owners have the opportunity to install solar panels etc to supplement the small genset [diesel and electric generator] and as the roof area increases this may become a significant contribution to the total power load."
Clearly, SeaScape's standout feature is its underwater bedroom, and BMT Asia Pacific envisions an acrylic underwater cylinder located in the center of the home that drops into the ocean to offer a 360 degree underwater viewing experience.
The company told us that the Underwater Room in the Manta Resort would be merely an "upturned garden shed" in comparison. Bold words indeed, and it'll certainly be interesting to see if the end result lives up to the boast, should it actually ever be built. On that note, BMT Asia Pacific is currently seeking a commission to turn the SeaScape villa concept into reality.
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