“漂浮之翼”的概念 | TheFloatWing®concept
▼项目位于景色秀美群山环抱的湖区，the FloatWing locate at a lake area surrounded by mountains
The creation of FloatWing® came from the desire to meet a growing need for people to escape the confusion and hustle and bustle of the great city and to approach the Nature. Whether a romantic gateway for two or a mobile house in the middle of a lake for the entire family or a group of friends, a weekend hut, haven for a longer stay or in the context of an alternative lifestyle as a first dwelling or place of work, FloatWing® is a very convenient equipment to engage all this without giving up a good deal of comfort.
▼船屋带着人们畅游在优美的自然环境中，the FloatWing brings people into the nature
Token separately, the ideas behind the FloatWing® concept (a floating house, thermal insulation, solar technology, environmental concerns, mobility, pre- fabrication, modular design, packing and dispatching in standard containers, local assembly), were not really innovative. Put together, however, they compose a highly innovative product that is, in many aspects, unique in the world market. The fact that the development interdisciplinary team worked in a close relation, resulted in a very well integrated product where all the technical options, the shapes, the materials, the equipment and the dimensions were always seen as both architectural, structural, electrical, electronic, mechanical and environmental elements. FloatWing® is produced by the company FRIDAY, Science and Technology of Leisure, SA, a spin-off of the University of Coimbra, whose founder and FloatWing’s project director is Full Professor of this University.
▼正准备出发的船屋，the FloatWing waits for sail
▼船顶安装有太阳能板，the photovoltaic panels on the top
Our reflection, which could have led to the mountain bungalow or the lighthouse on top of the escarpment, or the isolated mill on the hill crest, or the forest hut, went to get a little of each of these elements, adding to them the mobility and nomadism and adopting the principles of prefabrication, modularity, energy autonomy and environmental sustainability. All this resulted in the creation of a floating house fully independent over a long period of time, that produces up to 90% of its household annual energy needs and reduces by 99% the organic load of its wastewater, which allows living with all the security and comfort over a lake surface, moving at a moderate speed of 5 knots, choosing every day, if that is the will, a new location for anchoring and making it the starting point for a number of water sports such as sailing, rowing, water skiing, fishing, or the appropriate spot for an intellectual activity, or simply the world’s best place to sunbathe, to see the stars or to rest.
▼船首层的露台让人们可以露天眺望景色，the terrace area on the lower level allows people to enjoy the beautiful landscape
▼除了必要的结构以外，其他部分一律用玻璃，最大程度上增加船内的可视性；glass walls are used to maximize the visibility inside the FloatWing
模块化 | Modularity
With a fixed width of 6 meters and lengths ranging from 10 to 18 meters, the possibilities are almost endless. Whether we look for a cozy studio or a fully furnished three-bedroom house with up to three bathrooms, the freedom of nature is within reach. The house has a highly modular design (more than three hundred possible different standard lay-outs) to fit the needs of a growing market (see ATN 2), can be easily stored in two or three standard containers, including all its components, equipment and furniture, and shipped to almost anywhere on the planet. The project development started in January 2013 and took about three years to reach the stage of “ready for commercialization”, including the construction of a prototype. The year of 2016 was our first year of commercialization, with five units sold. At this moment the development process is already stabilized, with a high quality product that takes three months to be pre-fabricated and two to three week to be mounted on its site, depending on the size and level of equipment.
▼登上二层露台的楼梯，stairs lead to the upper level terrace
▼露台视野，view of the terrace
The search for a market to our product came together with the search for a product to our market. That’s why FloatWing® is now a mature product with a wider range of use (not only as a house but also as a restaurant, a bar, an office, a reception room, a conference room, a meeting room, a gym, a SPA or even a hotel) and several technical options available, such as aluminum floaters, electric motorization, water maker equipment, bow and stern thrusters. The marketing strategy is based on a quite classical approach: presence in some major international shows, publication in some reference international revues and architectural sites, digital marketing. The product is good and this is the most important asset for a successful marketing.
机动性、自治和可持续性 | Mobility, Autonomy and Sustainability
The house produces all the energy it needs (see ATN 4), most of which coming directly from the Sun. It has been designed with low environmentally impactful materials and technologies that reduce its carbon footprint and lower its energy needs (see ATN 3). For instance, all its external walls, floor and ceiling are very well insulated with a 10 cm width ICB cork layer and double (or tripe) grazed windows with argon or krypton gaps, making it possible to have an internal 20 to 25 oC warm comfort temperature, even under extreme weather conditions.
▼两侧的交通空间，the traffic space on both sides
It has a compact activated sludge wastewater treatment plant that may be complemented by an inverse osmosis filtration. With a fully equipped kitchen for everyday use, air conditioning system and AC generator (see ATN 5), a barbecue on the upper terrace for sunny days and a wine cellar and pellet stove to keep us warm on cold days, the list of facilities included guarantees a great living experience in full autonomy. FloatWing® is a mobile platform, enabling the users to wake up in a different place every day. Equipped with two outboard engines, it moves with a cruising speed of 5 knots. We don’t want to go fast as for FloatWingers the ride is part of the pleasure.
▼晚间的船屋，the FloatWing at night