Is it a house? Is it a houseboat? The answer to both questions is yes! This is the amphibious Port X designed by architect Adam Jirkal for Prague’s Atelier SAD. Constructed from six C-shaped segments made out of insulated composite, the structure is completely modular, meaning you can purchase as many of them as you like and configure them however you want.
“The main idea is that you can connect and expand,” says architect Jerry Koza. “You can live in three modules, then add another for a studio or a meeting room. As lives change, after five or six years on the river, or, say, your child leaves home, you can move it into the mountains near the slopes. It’s about freedom.”-Architect Jerry Koza
Starting at about $62K, Port X is very affordable, and lightweight enough to be easily transported to the spot of your choosing. And they are designed to be wired for use either on or off the grid. Unlike traditional houseboats, it has no engine, which enables the structure to sit fairly low in the water. This design makes it suitable for even lower-water-depth locations.
Practicality aside, I think the book-like shape of the structure combined with the sleek-but-warm interiors is absolutely gorgeous. I’m going to have a hard time keeping Beloved from running right out and buying one. For that matter, their flexible design is giving me ideas for a communal living project with which I’m always tinkering…
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