Architects have built a wooden floating home on the Chichester Canal in the South of England. The home is a replica of a design that won an award earlier in the year, the objective of the ideas competition was to help solve the housing crisis in London.

The design is aptly named Chichester, and Baca Architects were behind the concept. They drew inspiration from canal boats when first drawing up the designs, but increased the scale significantly by using a split-scale design.

The wooden floating home includes lots of window space, offering views out onto the lily pad-covered water, this added to the space and luxury feel. Pale floorboards and white walls enhance the already light and open space.

The floating home includes an open plan living area, kitchen and dining space with a large window in the corner of the lounge room. A white staircase leads you up from the lounge onto the flat roof terrace.

“Internally the proportions are very different to a canal boat but with the same ethos of space efficiency,” explained the studio.

“These homes are not only practical and affordable, but create a sense of sanctuary by living on water, which is a unique experience in most cities.”

Restricted access to the canal meant that the structure had to be craned into position. Its floating concrete foundations – weighing over 40 tonnes – were lifted and placed first.

The upper levels feature pre-insulated wooden panels that are clad in cedar, was assembled in a factory and then placed on top.

The aim is to use these floating homes in the future along disused docklands, waterways and canals in and around London.

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