Offbeat

By Hannah McFadyen


This really is the house boat for the man who’s got everything – it comes with your very own sea-plane dock built in.

Sadly the sea-plane is not included but in this one little module you can have a house, a boat and plane – so it’s still pretty impressive.

The house boat is set to come pre-fabricated and impressively the floating home can be up and running in just two days.

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The unusual design means that the pieces of the boat are designed to lock together like pieces of Lego and can be used to create a floating village.

Developed by Russian architect Max Zhivov, the little boat is called ‘Modul Go’ and not only is it inspired by Lego,  but also the flat-pack furniture of Ikea.

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Depending on your interests the house can be modified to store cars, canoes, planes or even to become a café or cargo vessel.

Measuring 9 m x 4,5 m and 13 m x 6.5 m, though they can be modified, the house boat comes with an electric motor and environmentally friendly solar panels on the roofs.

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Expected to cost about £87,000, Max hopes to create an affordable and easily modified boat.

Max Zhivov said: “I love aviation very much and a year ago I collaborated with an airplane company that makes small privates airplanes and hydroplanes in Russia, and since I am an architect in my first profession, I came up with the idea of combining aviation and architecture – so projects of houseboats appeared.

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“I love playing LEGO with my daughter and I thought it would be interesting to name something in the title that looked like (Lego).

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“Creating an environmentally friendly boat is very important; we need to understand we need to take care of nature we should know that nature needs to be preserved by another generation.”