Eco-friendly floating homes for aquatic living are under construction

Eco-friendly floating homes for aquatic living are under construction

  • SeaPods have the potential to build thriving underwater ecosystems.
  • Developer’s aim to build SeaPods in every corner of the ocean.
  • SeaPods can be rented or purchased and are built for two occupants.

Imagine a world where people live in modern luxury homes floating nearly seven and a half feet above the sea. Fleets of “revolutionary living pods” with state-of-the-art technology and drones to deliver essentials will hit the market this year.

Ocean Builders, a Panama-based company that specializes in innovative marine technology, unveiled what they describe as the “world’s first eco-restorative homes.”

Three home models are currently in production: The SeaPod, built for aquatic living, the GreenPod for land and the EcoPod for a more environmentally friendly option. 

The EcoPod is designed to be a more affordable option that still includes the same principles as the SeaPod and GreenPod. It features a rain-collecting roof, huge windows and a smaller floor plan. It’s also built to be placed into a container to ship it wherever a customer wants to set it up.

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The company’s long-term goal is to make sustainable homes made from as many natural and eco-conscious materials as possible.

A fleet of pods are currently under construction on the north coast of Panama in the Linton Bay Marina. SeaPods will be deployed primarily in warm, humid climates. 

Ocean Builders officially launched online sales Tuesday, according to a company spokesperson. Pods can be reserved with a deposit of $100 on their website.

“We are planting the SeaPod seed here in Panama, but our eventual goal is to have SeaPod homes in every corner of the ocean, all around the world,” Ocean Builders’ CEO Grant Romundt said in a statement.

Eco-friendly floating homes for aquatic living are under construction
A rendering of the GreenPod, one of three upcoming pod models from Panama-based company Ocean Builders.

What do SeaPods look like? 

The elevated structures will have three and a half levels, 833 square feet of living space, a master bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom and 1,250 square feet of storage space. 

The kitchen and dining area can be turned into an open-air room by opening a large set of glass sliding doors.

Air-filled steel tubes beneath the SeaPod create buoyancy to stabilize the structure.

A rendering of a SeaPod kitchen and seating. A drone delivery system will be launched to provide people with high-speed pick-up and drop service for items like food, medicines and other supplies.
A rendering of a SeaPod primary bedroom. Underneath the SeaPod are air-filled steel tubes which create buoyancy to push the entire SeaPod up above the water.
A rendering of a SeaPod bathroom sink and shower. High efficiency LED  Lightbulbs, light switches, and power outlets are built into the design of the house so that they are invisible.

How much will a SeaPod cost?

The SeaPod – which ranges from around $295,000 to $1.5 million in price based on upgrades and customization – was made with smart technology for aquatic living.

“We are trying to keep the price as close as possible to an average U.S. family home for the minimal home with the option to add features such as Air Conditioning, more solar, upgraded kitchen, etc.,” the company’s website says.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2022/08/22/floating-seapod-homes-under-construction-panama/10343123002/

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