+31 Architects

Nature Cruiser Houseboat by +31 Architects

This modern hybrid electric houseboat was designed by Amsterdam based +31 Architects for a German adventurer and businessman. His desire was to disconnect and cruise the rivers and lakes in comfort and quiet. The 15-meter sleek cruising home features plenty of windows for he and his guests to fully engage in the beauty of the surrounding views of nature and escape the digital world.


Stepping inside, you’ll find a spacious living room, a cozy bedroom, and bathroom all built with smooth, clean wood panels. You’ll even be helping nature while admiring it as this houseboat utilizes solar panels and solar collectors on the roof to produce energy and provide you with warm water.

+31 Architects was founded in 2005 by Jorrit Houwert. The firm is active in the field of architecture, interior design, urban planning and is an expert in the field of floating constructions. They’re known for several high-profile houseboat designs on the prominent Amstel River in Amsterdam’s city centre, such as Watervilla Omval nicknamed “i-Phone boat” because of the striking round sides and smooth metal facade.


So whether you are wanting to social distance or simply live on the water and be one with nature, the Nature Cruiser Houseboat provides plenty of inspiration on how to do it right.

Thunder Hybrid Water Taxi

A Hybrid Venetian Water Taxi

We’d happily take this taxi. Venetian design studio, Nuvolari Lenard, has just unveiled THUNDER, a 30 foot sustainable cruiser designed to help preserve the historic city of Venice with the use of “green” technology. Carlo Nuvolari and partner Dan Lenard came up with the concept during the 2019 Venice Boat Show after witnessing the tragic effects of pollution.

Thunder Hybrid Water Taxi

The first model of the 14-seat luxury water taxi has been built at Cantieri Vizianello in Venice which developed the mechanical and electronic coupling system of the hybrid system. It has obtained complete approval by the classification bodies after a year of testing and is now being offered for sale.

Thunder Hybrid Water Taxi

Hopefully their approach of combining new hybrid technology with stunning classic water taxi design will help traditional transport companies start to adopt eco friendly technology more broadly in Venice and around the world.

Cantieri Vizianello is listing THUNDER at € 100,000.