Ocean Builders has designed a new way of living in real estate in the middle of the ocean. Architect Koen Olthuis designed SeaPod – tiny houses that rest on a floating steel and concrete foundation near the coast. Located almost 3m above the water, these one-bedroom houses are about 73 square meters and can be used by two people.

The designers point out that we live in a world of water, and this is their vision of the paradise that this water world could be. SeaPods are currently manufactured in Panama. They can be installed across coastal areas to create new opportunities in the world of holiday or long-term rental properties.

The first prototype of these floating houses was launched in February 2019. They are economical and environmentally friendly houses that have a system for collecting rainwater in their roof, and their price is affordable for ordinary customers.

The EcoPod and SeaPod have different shapes and layouts, and are mounted on a steel pole with three floating anchor points to maintain balance. The original SeaPod is 11.6 meters long and has 116 square meters of storage space in addition to 73 square meters of living space. The SeaPod actually has three floors and is over 50m2 windows, so these homes are guaranteed to have an amazing view of the ocean.

In addition, the SeaPod can store 1400 liters of water, and the exterior is made of fiberglass, gel coating and foam. Practically, like an anchored boat at sea. Ocean Builders uses 48m3 steel tubes filled with air to create a buoy-like structure that propels the SeaPod three meters above the surface of the water.

Living in a SeaPod gives you the ability to snorkel, boat, or explore the ocean around you in other ways. Ocean Builders say they created this new form of house partly because of the lifestyle, but also partly because it doesn’t need to cut down trees to provide space to build like on land.

The designers point out that when you build a home on the water, you’re actually helping ocean life thrive. They refer to the view of biologists that when we put something that creates a shadow in the water, it attracts marine life. It often starts with shellfish, then can lead to coral growth and eventually become a home for fish.

It is planned that the waste from the houses will be burned into non-toxic ash. Waste heat from incineration will be used to heat water for showers and sinks. The liquid from the toilet goes to the black water storage for treatment or removal. The SeaPod also has “infinity showers”. The houses obtain their own water by desalination of seawater and water recycling for up to 90% reuse. In partnership with ShoverLoop, Ocean Builders is working to reduce shower water consumption by 90% by using a three-step continuous active water filtration process.

The SeaPod even includes a four-person Jacuzzi spa tub with massage jets, a skylight, lighting and a sound system. These smart homes can be controlled by owners using a unique smart ring, and wireless charging stations are provided built into surfaces around the home. The houses are designed without radio waves except for optional Wi-Fi that you can replace with installed network cables.

These houses may make the most sense in areas where wave height will not disturb homes, and could also be moved seasonally to other locations.

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