No Land in Sight – Creating a self-sustainable environment on a house boat

Semester/year: Spring 2010  Supervisors: Steinar Killi, Carsten Loly

No Land in Sight began as an exploration in how a self-sustainable environment could be fitted in a seaworthy houseboat, providing to its two users (persons with flexible jobs that don’t need a fixed address to perform them) the possibility of exploring the world without boundaries or, if they wish, stay away from civilization for long periods of time (up to 3 months).

By delivering solutions that meet the users’ basic needs, the ties that hold them to shore could be diminished, making them less grid dependent.

The final result was a 50” hydrofoil, kite sailboat inspired by marine life (manta rays and hammerhead sharks) as well as stealth vehicles.

Using renewable energies (solar and wind) to power its different systems, the houseboat is fitted with a hydroponic garden that provides enough vegetables for a healthy subsistence during a long period offshore when integrated with fishing and provisions brought from shore; a retractable vertical wind turbine provides mechanical power for the mechanical-vapour-compression desalination system that produces drinkable water for the garden’s nutrient solution and to the users needs, as well as h eat in the cold seasons, electric energy and aeration for speeding the biological waste breakdown managed by a compost reservoir, enabling up to 4 times more space than conventional waste reservoirs.

Systems like the hydrofoils and the kite sail usually are used for their performance properties but in this houseboat concept they were selected for being able to enhance comfort and stability of boats when sailing.

This self-sustainable houseboat gives you a glance in what could be a home of the future, a home you can bring with you, a home that gives you a new picture of the world everyday.

Publisert  2010