The pair interpreted and gave form to the dream of countless artists: to create an atmosphere where water and nature are both integral participants in the creative process. Incorporating the concept of movement, and the sound of the water and the wind. The Floating House is a studio for resident artists invited by Cneai - Centre National de l'estampe et de l'art imprimé in Chatou, in the region of Île-de-France.
Begun in 2002 by a public commission and finished - or "launched", we might say in the case of this boat-like home - in 2006, this "habitable barge" was realised in close collaboration with architects Jean-Marie Finot and Denis Daversin.
The simple lines of the structure are a pragmatic and poetic response to the thin budget dedicated to this project.
An aluminium skin envelopes the wooden trellis and protects the rectangular home constructed on the long platform of the boat (23mx5m).