max zhivov designs the 'tiny eco hotel' to travel across water

max zhivov designs the 'tiny eco hotel' to travel across water

entitled the ‘tiny eco hotel’, nautical designer max zhivov presents his latest project that aims to bring people closer to nature. the concept behind zhivov’s most recent creation is to design a vehicle that can travel across water, and in the process, transform any lake, fjord or bay, into the base of the hotel. the scheme integrates two elements, the ‘tiny house’ and the ‘houseboat‘, which are designed to function either separately or as a whole.

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the silence of the electric motors lets guests get closer to nature 

all images courtesy of max zhivov



measuring 4.5 x 3 meters, the tiny house part of the project provides space to accommodate up to 4 people and also includes a kitchen and toilet. the design by zhivov also provides a generous balcony, allowing visitors to relax and enjoy views over wherever it is situated. upon arriving, tourists can choose to spend the night in the tiny house, before taking to the houseboat to enjoy a trip across the water and become immersed in nature. measuring, 4.5 x 10 meters in total, the lower deck of the houseboat includes a large open space, a kitchenette and a toilet under the stairs. the upper deck has a natural coating of sand, grass, stones, and is designed for sunbathing.

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the houseboat docked at the house for the night



the houseboat is envisioned with sides of colored glass, creating an interesting filtered hue within the interior. the boat has also been developed to travel with electric motors, affording a quiet experience and providing tourists the chance to get closer to nature. cleverly, the houseboat is also designed to be equipped with unmanned technology. by using smartphone technology, an application will allow people to choose their preferred destination on a map, and the boat will then travel autonomously. in essence, the ‘tiny eco hotel’ aims to facilitate eco-tourism, by creating a design that enjoys the the beauty of nature without causing harm to it.

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the houseboat on a journey round the lake

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the houseboat approaching its tiny house

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a bird’s-eye view of how the ‘tiny eco hotel’ can fucntion

max zhivov designs the 'tiny-eco-hotel' to travel across water designboom

each variation of the ‘tiny house-houseboat’ set will be individually designed



project info:


project name: ‘tiny eco hotel’

design: max zhivov


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