What do you get when you mix together Legos, the ocean, and houses? You get the Isola System, a floating house design that allows owners to add rooms by connecting together Lego-like blocks. The Isola System is the ultimate in personal control, allowing homeowners (or would it be more accurate to call them boatowners?) to design and build the ideal layout.
There is one question that immediately comes to mind when first encountering the Isola System: How feasible is it?. Is it really possible for average citizens with no experience in architecture to build a house that won’t end up on the bottom of the ocean? Well, the answer is yes, apparently. Building an Isola house is about as easy as connecting the dots. According to the designers, the flotation aspect of the Isola System is so reliable that owners can park a car in one the rooms.
The Isola System functions by connecting movable hoops to solid poles. The structure remains stable and level as long as it attached to the posts, but the structure is free to move up and down with any changes in water levels.
Of course, with a system focused on utility rather than flair, any structure built using the Isola System wouldn’t exactly be the most beautiful house in the neighborhood. The claim that owners could park inside of them is perhaps more accurate than the designers intended, as the structures resemble garages or work sheds more than comfortable abodes.
When most people hear about a floating house, they imagine a modern and lavish architectural wonder that utilizes the newest advances in technology to create a mansion that defies conventions. While Isola structures are technically floating houses, they do not quite live up to that standard. They would be best suited, perhaps, as low maintenance sheds or party rooms for affluent boat owners, or for eco-minded individuals interested in leaving a minor footprint. For conservationists, these low maintenance albeit plain buildings might perfectly fit the bill. Hooking up plumbing, electricity, and Internet to a house that moves several feet every day might be more trouble than it’s worth, anyway.