Tiny Houses

Solar-powered houseboat floats benefits of tiny house design

Solar-powered houseboat floats benefits of tiny house design
When the conditions are ideal, the Fàng Sōng is fully powered by its solar panels, which are installed on the roof and facade
When the conditions are ideal, the Fàng Sōng is fully powered by its solar panels, which are installed on the roof and facade
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When the conditions are ideal, the Fàng Sōng is fully powered by its solar panels, which are installed on the roof and facade
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When the conditions are ideal, the Fàng Sōng is fully powered by its solar panels, which are installed on the roof and facade
The Fàng Sōng was commissioned by a client in Berlin, Germany, who wanted a flexible off-grid getaway
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The Fàng Sōng was commissioned by a client in Berlin, Germany, who wanted a flexible off-grid getaway
The Fàng Sōng has a total length of around 15 m (50 ft) and a width of roughly 4 m (13 ft)
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The Fàng Sōng has a total length of around 15 m (50 ft) and a width of roughly 4 m (13 ft)
The Fàng Sōng includes a small outdoor terrace area with seating
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The Fàng Sōng includes a small outdoor terrace area with seating
The Fàng Sōng's living room includes a large sofa bed, shelving, and a small work space overlooking a window
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The Fàng Sōng's living room includes a large sofa bed, shelving, and a small work space overlooking a window
The Fàng Sōng's kitchen area includes a sink, fridge, oven, and four-burner propane-powered stove
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The Fàng Sōng's kitchen area includes a sink, fridge, oven, and four-burner propane-powered stove
The Fàngsōng includes a dining area with a table that can be folded away when not in use
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The Fàngsōng includes a dining area with a table that can be folded away when not in use
The Fàng Sōng features multiple folding beds, including one which can be installed over its helm
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The Fàng Sōng features multiple folding beds, including one which can be installed over its helm
The Fàng Sōng can cruise for an average range of 50 km (31 miles) per day on solar power, when conditions are ideal
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The Fàng Sōng can cruise for an average range of 50 km (31 miles) per day on solar power, when conditions are ideal
The Fàng Sōng includes a spacious bathroom area
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The Fàng Sōng includes a spacious bathroom area
The Fàng Sōng features underfloor storage space throughout
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The Fàng Sōng features underfloor storage space throughout
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We previously reported on Crossboundaries' huge Shenzhen rooftop park and now the firm has completed a project on the total opposite end of the size scale. Named the Fàng Sōng, the houseboat is powered by a solar-panel setup and features a space-saving interior that's inspired by tiny house design.

The Fàng Sōng gets its name from the Chinese for relaxation. The impetus for the project came about when the owners found themselves living near the coast for the first time in decades and wanted to enjoy life on the water. Purchasing a vessel, they then commissioned Crossboundaries to transform it into a tiny residence suitable for living and working in.

"Crossboundaries has re-designed a fully solar-powered motorboat with high-end, tiny-home characteristics that enable it to function as a slow-motion traveling nest," explained the firm. "The five-year-old boat caught Marianne's eye, its exterior's resemblance to a bus on the water and the potential for the interior design quickly sparked her interest. With enough space for up to two persons as well as guests, it had the potential to easily become a personal retreat for re-energizing and a cozy getaway to invite friends and family."

The Fàng Sōng's kitchen area includes a sink, fridge, oven, and four-burner propane-powered stove
The Fàng Sōng's kitchen area includes a sink, fridge, oven, and four-burner propane-powered stove

Considering its tiny house inspiration, its interior is relatively roomy and measures 62 sq m (667 sq ft), spread over one floor. The floating dwelling features generous glazing, much of which is operable, maximizing daylight and ventilation inside. Its decor looks very bright and cheerful, though those contrasting primary reds and yellows are not going to be to everyone's taste.

A fairly large portion of available floor space is taken up by the living area, which hosts a living room with a large sofa bed, shelving, and a work desk overlooking a window. The kitchen looks well-stocked and includes an oven, four-burner propane-powered stove, sink, and a fridge, plus a folding dining table that can be stowed away when not in use.

Additionally, a folding bed can be installed over the helm, and almost the entire dwelling features generous underfloor storage. A pellet stove, remotely controlled by an app, provides heating needs, and there's a terrace area outside with seating.

We've no hard figures on the capacity of its solar panels, which are installed on the facade and rooftop, nor the type of electric propulsion, but Crossboundaries says that during ideal conditions, the tiny houseboat is able to run fully from solar panels and can cruise for around 50 km (31 miles), per day.

The Fàng Sōng's living room includes a large sofa bed, shelving, and a small work space overlooking a window
The Fàng Sōng's living room includes a large sofa bed, shelving, and a small work space overlooking a window

Looking to the future, the owners next plan to upgrade the Fàng Sōng with a water purification system and some kind of biological sewage treatment unit, allowing the floating residence to stay away from shore for longer periods.

Source: Crossboundaries

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3 comments
3 comments
Chase
It certainly looks interesting, but I'm almost stunned by the decision to place a solar panel on the side of the vessel directly behind vent pipe (I'm assuming). That's a great way to make the panel pretty much useless.
deepdiamond
Looks like a70's mobile home.
a.l.
Very nicely designed, but I do hope that other color combinations are available; the red and yellow are truly hideous.