Love water and camping? Experience the best of both worlds in this incredibly unique floating sanctuary.
The ‘WaterBed’ was designed by Daniel Durnin, an individual like you who often gets overwhelmed with the constant stress of city living. Inspired to create a temporary escape close to home, he designed the floating structure so it can be easily transported and is relaxing to rest in when taking a break from the world’s drama(s).
The floating abode can be towed by bicycle for easy transport, and is providing a new way to enjoy close-by wildlife or far off scenic views. The tiny structure can accommodate one person and boasts plenty of windows for an open-air concept.
Durnin seeks to enhance the user’s experience and connection to their surroundings.
“I hope that the work will reawaken our connection with nature using the waterways as a catalyst and restore balance to the more networked living space that we now inhabit, not just in London but across the globe,” he told Inhabitat.
A resident of London and a graduate of the Royal College of Art (RCA), he built the prototype using wooden materials and focused on a minimalist design. The simple framework is a contrast to the busy and chaotic urban landscape.
As you can see in the photos, and as Gizmag reviews, the inside of the shelter is equipped with cushioned seating, which can transform into bedding at nighttime. That’s right, you can catch Zzz’s while the lake’s gentle waves rock you to sleep.
There is also a fold down table for having a meal or scribbling one’s thoughts. The canvas on the shelter is retractable, and all windows can be closed with curtains for privacy, shade, or for protection from the elements.
If you’re keen to float near land, ropes can be used to secure the shelter near a dock and prevent it from floating away. The WaterBed can also be used on land, as it offers comfortable and instant accommodation.
For as big as the shelter is, it only weighs 165 pounds. This would, however, make cycling uphill a bit difficult.
Durnin shares that he is interested in making his design an open concept so that anyone can get involved or offer suggestions. Collaboration is where it’s at, after all.
“For me it’s the experience that you get using it,” said Durnin of the invention. “It’s quite magical to cycle along a path and then just push the WaterBed into the water and climb aboard. It’s so relaxing and calming just enjoying your surroundings.”
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