Architecture

Luxury floating house has a sting in its tail

Sting Ray is still in the planning stage but it's due to be completed in late 2017
Sting Ray is still in the planning stage but it's due to be completed in late 2017
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The aptly-named Sting Ray will comprise concrete and metal panels and generous glazing throughout
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The aptly-named Sting Ray will comprise concrete and metal panels and generous glazing throughout
Total floorspace comes in at around 9,000 sq ft (836 sq m)
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Total floorspace comes in at around 9,000 sq ft (836 sq m)
Sting Ray is still in the planning stage but it's due to be completed in late 2017
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Sting Ray is still in the planning stage but it's due to be completed in late 2017
The two story home will be accessible from land via the "stinger tail," which serves as a driveway
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The two story home will be accessible from land via the "stinger tail," which serves as a driveway
The home will float on a composite foam concrete base
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The home will float on a composite foam concrete base
It can be towed to another location with a tug
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It can be towed to another location with a tug
Upstairs, three bedrooms will be arranged around a rotunda
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Upstairs, three bedrooms will be arranged around a rotunda
The covered entryway and two car garage
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The covered entryway and two car garage
The large lounge area with views to the sea
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The large lounge area with views to the sea
The winding staircase 
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The winding staircase 
Schopfer Associates told us that it has also conceived smaller versions to serve hospitality functions
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Schopfer Associates told us that it has also conceived smaller versions to serve hospitality functions

Boston, MA-based Schopfer Associates is planning to build a novel stingray-shaped floating residence somewhere off the coast of an island in the Aegean Sea. The two story home will be accessed from land by its "stinger tail," which serves as a driveway, and can be relocated to another nearby spot with the use of a tug.

The home looks very luxurious from the renders, with the use of concrete, metal panels, and generous glazing all lending a very high-end feel. Like Casa Brutale, there's more than a touch of the Bond villain lair to the design too.

It's no minnow, with total floorspace coming in at around 9,000 sq ft (836 sq m), though this size may be modified slightly, depending on the client's wishes. Schopfer Associates told us that it has also conceived smaller versions to serve hospitality functions.

The large deck area will feature a courtyard and two-car garage, in addition to an infinity pool, hot tub, fire pit, and a dock for speedboats.

Access to the home proper is gained by a covered entryway. The ground (or is that water?) floor includes a large lounge, kitchen, and dining area, while a winding staircase leads upstairs to three bedrooms. These will be arranged around a rotunda, with bathrooms and dressing rooms flanking the master bedroom's foyer.

Upstairs, three bedrooms will be arranged around a rotunda
Upstairs, three bedrooms will be arranged around a rotunda

The home will float on a composite foam concrete base which will enable the owner to remain at the chosen site or move to another nearby with the use of a tug, though obviously nobody will want to be towing this thing regularly around. Power will be met by land-based hookups and solar panels.

Sting Ray is still in the planning stage but is due to be completed in late 2017. We've no word on the price, but it's probably one of those times that if you have to ask, then you can't afford it.

Source: Schopfer Associates

4 comments
VincentWolf
Another reason to win the lottery.
Sheikh A'Leg
I'm assuming you don't need planning consent for this ? Brilliant....
GWA111
ok people, one small word 'poo' what will they do with the waste? Another, water - not connected to any mains water, so is this self-sustaining? Power, is this solar? Waves in bad weather? any body of water will not stay calm for long. All that glass but no curtains? Privacy issues Architects are great at dreaming things up - but it will only be put to reality after years of engineers and tradespeople putting it together. Then the architect will take all the credit - as is typical
ljaques
Beautiful goldfish bowl, and the picture over the bed is fascinating. I wonder how it weathers storms. Having to replenish the water (or desalinate?) in the pool would be a chore. The owner would obviously have the money for it, tho.