daniel andersson: icebergs   floating cottages daniel andersson: icebergs   floating cottages
aug 18, 2010

daniel andersson: icebergs floating cottages

‘iceberg’ exterior view 

observing the structure of icebergs, austrian architect daniel anderson has created a floating summer cottage design for ålands hotell. the minimalist exterior is an attempt to remain unintrusive to the wild surroundings. the 60m2 structure is partially submerged in the water with its roof top offering surfaces in which to lie and take in the scenery. large windows seek to give a spacious feeling to the interior rooms and views of the surrounding panorama. the project is currently in the concept phase.

‘an iceberg only shows the tip above the water surface, the rest stays hidden below. these floating summer cottages in sheltered bays and lakes around åland islands, finland investigate this concept.‘ – DA

interior view

‘what if we take inspiration from icebergs when designing water homes?‘ – DA


floor plan


  • This looks like houses in Manila during the stormy season when flash floods rush in. The only difference is that this one was really built to be submerged in water. Since it’s just floating above the water, won’t it drift away and end up in the middle of nowhere?

    adjee says:
  • Most floating houses have anchorage.

    joe says:
  • The word is “emersed” — floating below and above, ship-like. Splendid idea in many ways: built-in cooling from surrounding water, stability of all that mass below the surface, movable for different perspectives and locations, no yard to care for, underwater views. You’d need collision fenders for the drunks on personal watercraft, though.

    Tom P says:
  • Actually the word is ‘immersed’ but I get the point.

    David I says:
  • I love the idea, I love the visuals.

    Crystal says:
  • 1. need to show how it is anchored – otherwise you might wake up at the bottom of the falls haha.
    2. I wouldn’t drink the water near the bathroom? how do you get rid of waste?
    3. forgot the fishing bridge area

    G-Man says:
  • David: “emersed” IS correct, meaning reaching above the surface of the water, as opposed to “submerged,” which means sunk. “Immersed” is dipped; you get immersed when you’re taken to the river and baptized. Sorry to be a stickler but designers should be literate too.

    Tom P says:
  • An excellent concept and a wonderful place to put it. Hope it goes ahead and we see the results here d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Amazing.

    C.S.M says:

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