Danubius International Conferences, 10th International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

Study on the Architectural Projects of the Floating Structures for Housing and Leisure, along the Danube

Iulia-Claudia Danilescu
Last modified: 2020-06-25


Floating structures for housing and leisure, give people opportunities to live, work and play on the surface of the water. If someone is fond of relaxing atmosphere, romanticism and living on the water, there are plenty of reasons to live on a floating home. Such projects aims at bringing people closer to natural aquatic lifestyle, without any negative impact of the water body. Another main advantage is the safety during floods being a necessity in some of the areas. Also such houses can be integrated with beautiful landscape and comfort conditions with minimum energy bills and a small carbon footprint.

There are also disadvantages of living on water, one of them being limited space for storage, the cost and inconvenience of heating in the winter time and maintenance and repair if required. Nevertheless, architects are constantly developing solutions to minimize recurring electricity and water costs, which can be reduced by using unconventional energy sources. The large level fluctuations of the Danube waters, which are sometimes up to 8 meters, brought an additional challenge to the architects. To solve it, they designed appropriate structures, to which the floating houses are attached one by one.