Friday SA’s Modular Houseboat can be Expanded to 18 Meters

Portuguese architecture firm Friday SA helped to create this modular houseboat . The project, simply dubbed Floating House, was completed in the summer of 2015. Due to its modular construction it can be expanded to accommodate whole families, or reduced to create a quiet getaway for two.


Floating House - Friday SA - Portugal - Exterior - Humble Homes

The houseboat has a fixed width of 20 feet (6 meters) but its length can be vary from 33 to 59 feet (10 to 18 meters). On the larger end of the scale, it can include 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms – plenty for most families, or groups of friends.


Floating House - Friday SA - Portugal - Kitchen - Humble Homes

Unlike a lot of houseboats, which are simply moved from one place to another by a tug boat, this unit comes with two small outboard motors. According to the architects you’ll be able to travel at a speed of 3 knots and “wake up in a different place everyday” (although probably not too far from where you where yesterday at that speed).


Floating House - Friday SA - Portugal - Living Room - Humble Homes

The boat’s modular construction allows it to be assembled and disassembled, including the furniture and equipment. The entire unit can be packed away into two shipping containers, allowing you to transport it to locations far and wide.

Floating House - Friday SA - Portugal - Bedroom - Humble Homes

The environment was also taken into account during the design, and the boat includes low impact materials and technologies to help reduce its carbon footprint. There’s an on-board wastewater treatment plant and, according to the architects, the boat will produce up to 80% of its annual energy needs.

Floating House - Friday SA - Portugal - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The layout features an open plan living room, dining area and kitchen. The bathroom is stored to the back of the kitchen, keeping the plumbing centralized. The master bedroom is located beyond the bathroom, at the opposite end of the house. The vast majority of the rooms are enclosed by floor to ceiling glasses, providing panoramic outward views. There’s also a roof deck over the bedroom area.

For more houseboats check out this series of tiny houseboats from Thailand called X Float. Or, this small houseboat from Prague by Mjolk Architeki. See all houseboats.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Jose Campos Photography

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

1 Comment
  1. I like it but, it is too small and the furnishings are too small also. Many years ago my father had a friend who lived on his boat in the Dauphin Island Alabama but unfortunately there was a hurricane which hit the Gulf Coast and the gentleman was not able to move his houseboat in time and it sunk. I thought about living on a houseboat but with hurricanes on the east, southerm and west coast, I would to knix that option due to the damage I have seen with hurricanes thru out my lifetown.

    My mother had to leave our house before the waters , (22 ft surge) came to our neighborhood in Mobile, AL and our house was flooded with over 7 feet of water. It might be better at a lake or a more sluggish river. Not the ocean.