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A haven of peace on the water in Portugal

A haven of peace on the water in Portugal

Bernard Touillon

Discovery of a house on the water that invites change of scenery. In the Alentejo region of Portugal, drunk with great air and freedom, the experimental house Friday is sailing on Lake Alqueva. A green adventure promise for budding explorers and natural vacations.

Calm, nature and sweetness is what reflects this innovative project of the experimental house Friday. Floating on the water like an island in the middle of Lake Alqueva, Portugal, this house is conducive to well-being and imagination.

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Two hundred kilometers south of Lisbon, imagine ... sliding on the surface of the lake or at anchor in a creek, imagine an island, stable, autonomous, silent. A floating island in a way that would have the good taste to navigate the wild Alentejo without the slightest lack of comfort. The cork oaks and the olive trees are at the edge of the shore, the sheep graze, the wine route is nearby. At 83 kilometers long, the artificial lake created to feed the Alqueva dam is one of the largest in Europe. Exploring is a delight. An invigorating escape in clear waters. On a clear day ... this robinsonnade, so aptly called Friday, is more than an adventure, it is an invention. That of a team of researchers led by Fernando Seabra Santos from the University of Coimbra. His dream of a child come true was imagined by a team that has more than thirty years of experience in research and development in structural engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical, hydraulic, marine ... The design office Friday integrates also architects and designers eager to develop an aesthetic in line with environmental causes.

Upon waking, everyone can test his adventurous quotient by diving into the blue water of the lake or simply in his bathtub.

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From the open-air raft to the equipped holiday cocoon, it is the project of a self-sufficient house that is looming

Thermally insulated by cork walls harvested in the Alentejo, enjoying the comfort of double glazing, a Greenfire stove, a bathroom and kitchen supplied with hot water by solar panels, equipped with water tanks. freshwater and a water treatment plant

wastewater, this house is a technological gem. Closer to nature, she moves smoothly to sail at a speed of three knots. Nestled in this nest of maple wood with custom design ... Splitch, splatch! At break of day, we hear the fish of the lake romping at the water's edge. At any time, one can enjoy the infinite, glean a benevolent solitude, where the landscape evokes Africa and distant lands or dock at the Amieira marina leisure base to share the joys of water sports and lunch on land. Silence in the evening, under a starry vault. In an area where the sky is considered by Unesco as a reserve for stargazing, the night is an astronomer's dream. Cultivating its traveling spirit, the floating house of 16 meters by 6 can be delivered in spare parts in two containers all over the world and mounted by a Friday team. In explorers of the world of tomorrow, while the UFO traveler sinks happy days, what are our ingenious engineers doing? They invent ... a submarine. Yes, a real personal submarine. Tandy, intelligent, able to dive to 300 meters, with acoustic phone and other technical prowess. A yellow submarine to live other dreams and trace the epic route of new aquatic adventures.

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Functionality and comfort are a priority. The interior furniture in maple wood has been custom designed.

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On the roof of the world, the outdoor dining room is literally set on the landscape of the Alentejo. A stainless steel worktop for cooking in a clear sky obscures the solar panels that supply the floating house with hot water.

Bernard Touillon

Bernard Touillon

The bay windows fade along the outer walls so that air and light penetrate the water. Egg, Arne Jacobsen's red armchair gives the tempo. The design will be of the trip!

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Between the room that opens on the back deck and the bathroom, a set of sliding doors is thrown away in the thickness of the walls.

Bernard Touillon

Bernard Touillon

Ikea tableware and glasses, placemats, towels and Monoprix tea towel.

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In the invigorating landscape of Lake Alqueva, Friday dreams of wide open spaces. The metal, glass and wood structure of the floating house conceals engineering treasures to offer perfect reliability and ... a water autonomy of one week.

Bernard Touillon

Bernard Touillon

Bernard Touillon

Bernard Touillon

Other places not to miss

The wine route of Alentejo. From the ground to the table, producers and cooperatives write an aromatic dictionary of round and sweet wines with exuberant flavors. www.vinhosdoalentejo.pt

Cork oaks as far as the eye can see. The world's leading producer of cork, a stop on the landscape to decode this unique ecosystem.

A Starlight destination. Lake Alqueva classified "Dark Sky Reserve" was the first space in the world to receive this label for the contemplation of the starry sky. www.darkskyalqueva.com

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Location, www.amieiramarina.com