Joining a long tradition of floating houses in Seattle, the Portage Bay Float Home sits right beside the banks of Lake Union. The house, designed by Studio DIAA, is built on a floating log foundation that was erected in the early 1900s. The design is decidedly modern with an abundance of clean lines and a dark color scheme.
The Portage Bay Float Home is a single-storey residence measuring in at a total of 650 square feet. The walls are made from Richlite, a composite material, and dark cedar, which gives the house its moody look. The Portage Bay Float Home has a wraparound deck and windows everywhere but the bathroom, ensuring the space has ready access to the outdoors as well as a steady supply of natural light. The house's unique design won it a 2021 Housing Award from the American Institute of Architects
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