The Modern Octopus is modern, but it’s also a water-loving creature, and so it understands why the owners of the Floating House in Ontario, Canada, wanted to live on the water. It’s no ordinary water, after all; it’s the superb landscape of Lake Huron of Great Lakes fame we’re talking about here. So, what do you do if you want a home on the water but are met with implacable constraints on-site? First, you hire a brilliant team of designers and architects, such as the one at MOS Architects. You inform them that the water levels of the Great Lakes varies drastically from month to month, so the home they build must adapt to that issue. Indeed, the Floating House literally floats, as it is positioned atop a steel pontoon structure. Otherwise, it looks much like any other local home on the outside, thanks to the cedar siding strips, which also acts as a rain screen and light filter for the interior spaces.
The interiors also feature wood siding heavily, from the window frames to the flooring, furniture and even the bathroom countertops. The sparsely decorated day area needs no extra-beautification besides the superb floor-to-ceiling view of the lake itself. The bottom floor is strictly functional, with ample storage space, several docking areas, a sauna and a washroom. Upstairs the open space kitchen faces a secluded office and is bordered to the left and right by the living room and bedroom, respectively. Small, but crafty, the two-level gem clad in white paneling is perhaps the ideal home for those on a budget, who want to live by the water.