confused direction design: hausboot silverbeaver
confused direction design: hausboot silverbeaver confused direction design: hausboot silverbeaver
feb 02, 2012

confused direction design: hausboot silverbeaver

‘hausboot silverbeaver’ by confused-direction design, oldenburg, germany all images courtesy of confused-direction design

the ‘hausboot silverbeaver’ is a small dwelling floating on the hunte river in oldenburg germany, by german product design and architectural practice confused-direction design. their second iteration of a home sited on water, the wooden construct integrates into the surrounding wooded landscape. room arrangements, materials and textures combine to generate clear, warm and bright spaces. a single pitch roof is permeated with a dormer which welcomes daylight into the lofted bedroom which is accessed with a ladder stair.

accessible from the living spaces through an inclined glass exterior wall, a terrace offers views of the scenery during the changing seasons. the smallest of inhabitants, the pet cats have bedrooms integrated into the common spaces to be part of family events. a centrally located bullerjan oven heats the interior through a method of convection of heated air. clad with locally sourced larch-wood, the boathouse introduces high-tech materials for floor surfaces as well as insulated windows.

main entrance

facade detail


(left) boat chair and elevated cat bedroom (right) deck

living area

living area and ladder stair to loft

sight lines through the dwelling

bullerjan oven


kitchen detail

view of kitchen from loft

lofted bedroom

  • do you have to own a land to build a house there? it’s gorgeous!!!!! i love the architecture!!

    cindy says:
  • Funny coincidence, this is almost exactly the layout, roof and all, of a summer cabin I was planing to build few years ago on the family land. Seeing it built makes me want do dig out the old pencil drawings, have an architect finish them and then build the thing. But I know this is much nicer than I would have made it. 🙂

    Helgi says:
  • 2 years ago i build my one houseboat, and yes you need a place to stay, land or place. But when i see this.. it’s beautifull. 10 times better than Dok12 (big multilevel square box aka HouseBoat).

    Frank says:
  • Have somebody know the name of the chair that looks like an egg?

    sietequince says:
  • If you visit the architects’ website you immediately recognize the “egg chair” 🙂

    Domo says:
  • are plans available for houseboat?
    what is the name of flooring material?

    thank you for the great work.

    phil fuller says:

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