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The Petersen Module Floating House

The Petersen Module Floating House is a self-sufficient, environment friendly house that floats on water.

The Petersen Module Floating House

The Petersen Module Floating House is a self-sufficient, environment friendly house that floats on water.

AU$ 1,155
pledged of AU$ 178,500pledged of AU$ 178,500 goal
6
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, January 10 2016 2:06 AM UTC +00:00

About

THE DESIGNER 

Introducing Ed Petersen.

In 1980, Ed arrived as a child in Australia. 

After completing his studies, Ed was working as an architect and a builder for almost 30 years. 

In that time, he was working in his own business, involved in residential apartments, shops, offices and factories, also contracting to major Architectural Development firms and government. 

Working on a major sustainability project that attracted worldwide attention, the year 2000 Sydney Olympics has inspired him to investigate low impact housing in a much closer detail. 

Back then, at the time, Ed Petersen predicted that in the not too distant future, sustainability will become a standard in worldwide housing philosophy. 

WHAT ARE WE BUILDING

The Petersen Module Floating House is a self-sufficient, environment friendly, no impact on nature and habitat, maintenance free house that floats on water. 

This comprises of a lounge, dining, a fully fitted kitchen and bathroom, a large bedroom, built in robe and wraparound balcony, all inclusive of standalone solar power, drinking water desalination package that provides a complete, turnkey housing solution. 

Please click image for some 3D images of our new internal layout...
Please click image for some 3D images of our new internal layout...

THE IDEA

Ed was always on the lookout for alternative means of housing, searching for innovative solutions for the worldwide housing problem that even today has not been resolved. 

At first the right questions needed to be asked, then a detailed research and design of the solution. 

The first ever compelling question to Ed was, “WHY LIVE ON THE DRY LAND, WHEN THERE IS SO MUCH SPACE OUT THERE ON THE WATER?” 

In the late nineties, as a hobby, Ed began searching for materials and construction technology that one day could revolutionize housing. Materials and construction technology that is created for the dry land but also capable of withstanding the never ending, dismantling conditions of the sea. 

Ed’s philosophy for innovation is quite simple, "if we are capable of looking at and experiencing the problems with an innovative outlook and an open mind, today’s problems will present the solutions for the future". 

In an age where land prices are sky-rocketing, a cheaper – quicker in building time, more financially accessible and environmentally reasonable housing solution is desperately needed. 

In 2008, from personal family and financial reasons, Ed experienced the harsh and unforgiving effects of a deficient Australian housing market. At this period in his life, the realization of the Petersen Module Floating house has become crucial. So Ed began putting a more realistic, detailed and viable design forward. 

After hundreds of designs, schematics and full detailed drawings in the late 2013, Ed finalized the design, managed to find funding and built the full scale prototype of the Petersen Module Floating House. This was a basic shell for government approvals, and real world marine testing that later enabled him to register the first Petersen Module in Australia. 

Middle of the night, crane lifts the Pod onto a trailer. Please click image to see all pictures...
Middle of the night, crane lifts the Pod onto a trailer. Please click image to see all pictures...
Please click image to view some pictures of the prototype construction process...
Please click image to view some pictures of the prototype construction process...

 WHAT ARE WE PLANNING TO DO

The plan is to build the first Petersen Module Floating House that is complete with all technology, fit-out and finishes, which we’ll use to showcase our potential clients. Utilizing this complete show-piece on the water and our current government success in principle, will allow us to seek local government approvals for housing developments in various bays, lakes and rivers in Australia. 

Currently, we are involved in preliminary discussions with various local councils including other stakeholder government bodies in Australia, to obtain approvals for self-sufficient aqua villages that includes village centres, shops, cafes and multi dwelling housing, all utilizing the standalone Petersen Module Floating House. 

A complete module show-piece will make this process possible for a viable on-water proposal, the first in Australian housing history. 

The budget for a complete Petersen module Floating House is $165,000 AUD that can be built in 6 weeks. 

This includes: 

- 54.2 M2 living space - Maintenance free hull 

- H6 timber structure and cladding 

- Fully fitted bedroom 

- Bathroom 

- Kitchen 

- Lowered lounge living 

- Stainless Steel fixings and fittings 

- Standalone solar power technology 

- Desalination unit 

- Quality finishes 

- Shade cloth awning 

- Furniture 

- Labour costs 

- All guarantees and warranties

Please click on image to see all pictures...
Please click on image to see all pictures...

WHY WE CARE

All Ed’s projects in the past, have represented the greed of developers and banks. Not considering the sustainable future of housing.

 Throughout Ed’s working history, he always knew that the Petersen Module Housing project is an important one; much more important than everything else he has ever worked on. 

Today, this project has become the sole purpose of his working life. 

The Petersen module floating house represents a comfortable shelter for human occupation for a reasonable price. Without the adverse impact on us humans and our natural habitat; using modern technology that provides a self-sufficient lifestyle, that can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere on this planet…

Risks and challenges

A WORD FROM ED...

"Hi everyone, thank you for reading through my project.

I've been working as an Architect and builder in Australia for almost 30 years now. Taking many projects from design, government approval to completion of construction stage. Evaluating the risks and challenges of a project has been the major part of my work when it comes to government approvals.

As this is a housing project and with many projects like this on the dry land under my belt, I am fully aware of the government approval and construction process.

However, as all good things in life don't come easy at the beginning, the major challenge was to source the water sites for our Modules.

After 2 years of lobbying local authorities, late last year, we managed to secure 20 mooring sites, in a harbour approximately 15 minutes drive north from the Sydney CBD, and now in the process of securing a bay in a lake up further north, for a 50 Modules, self-sufficient floating village.

This Aqua Village project is highly supported by local government stakeholders at the moment.

In other words, we have gone past the risks and challenges for this one...

We are very eager and ready to build the first complete Module, to be able to show our potential clients in the outlook of building many more.

Kindest regards and thank you for your support,
Ed Petersen "

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