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These Futuristic Eco-friendly Floating Homes Are Currently Under Construction
Ocean Builders, a Panama-based company that specializes in innovative marine technology, has just unveiled a fleet of “revolutionary living pods.” The pods are the “world’s first eco-restorative homes.” Dutch architect Koen Olthuis and his team at Waterstudio, designed the three models available. The pods range from around $295,000 to $1.5 million in price, and are currently under construction in the Linton Bay Marina on the north coast of Panama.
Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Builder, Grant Romundt, hopes the design of the pods will challenge perceptions of homes and travel. He also hopes the pods allow residents to live on the water without having to make sacrifices when it comes to the “luxuries of modern living.” Romundt spoke with CNN and shared that “normally when you live on the water, it’s on a boat, which has a living situation that is unacceptable to most people…so we’ve designed a home that floats on the water that gives you an experience of living on land, but even more.”
The pods will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology, along with customizable applications that tailor the design and functionality to suit those inside. To start, they will be located in an area close to the Linton Bay Marina. However, the Ocean Builders team hopes to be able to distribute them internationally once they’re confident the technology can be supported elsewhere.