Ultra-modern floating residence in San Francisco

Published online: Jan 18, 2010 News Yuka Yoneda

Houseboats are a staple of the San Francisco Bay Area, but many people find them too cramped to be a permanent residence. The Tafoni Floating Home, designed by Joanna Borek-Clement aims to change that with a design that is both spacious and compact. The home, which is inspired by smooth, oval California coastal pebbles, is ideally meant for the houseboat district of Sausalito, and is roomy enough for even the most claustrophobic customer.

Borek-Clement's 960 square foot home is divided into a kitchen, living
room, and bedroom area. The living room and bedroom both feature Tafoni-shaped windows - windows that resemble the naturally occurring sandstone formations that appear along the Northern California shore. Unlike most houseboats that have low ceilings, the Tafoni house has high ceilings and minimal partitions, giving it the illusion of spaciousness.