Houseboats often pique our curiosity, thanks to the diversity of their design (we've seen modernist ones, passive houseboats, and even geodesic ones), and the fact that they, well, float. They represent a creative edge of housing design that must adapt to the benefits and challenges of living on the water.
Tucked among a small houseboat community on Oregon's Willamette River comes this gorgeous little guest house, designed by Bainbridge, Washington-based Studio Hamlet Architects. Built as a temporary home for a couple, it will become the family guesthouse once their main houseboat residence is constructed.
The interior looks spacious and well-lit, thanks to the strategic placement of windows and skylights, both in the kitchen and bathroom.
The office workspace and dining area adjoin each other, with window views looking out over the water.
The living room has a couch that converts to a bed, in addition to the sleeping loft that is accessible by a step-ladder and is lit by four windows. To make more space for the sleeping loft, there is a dormer in the roof, but only on one side.
The bathroom is gorgeous and aqua-green, being effused with natural light from the skylight above.
Despite the rigid constraints, the architects nevertheless achieved a spacious, brightly-lit dwelling with a smart arrangement of spaces and some well-placed windows, all within a locale known for its abundant river wildlife and within a stone's throw of the city. Check out more over at Studio Hamlet Architects.