A Prefabricated Tiny House Sets Down Anchor Along the Vltava River in Prague



Tugged for 18 hours through 4 locks and underneath 14 bridges, including the famous Charles Bridge, this floating abode finally made it home.

In the up-and-coming district of Smíchov in Prague, there resides an enclave of houseboats and other floating homes just down river from the famous Charles Bridge. One such dwelling started its journey 25 miles north as a prefabricated unit delivered to meet its pontoon counterpart. 

An image of the home during its journey down the Vltava River with the iconic Charles Bridge and Prague Cathedral in the background. A custom steel pontoon was built for the prefabricated structure, the two joined together at a shipyard 25 miles north of Prague.

An image of the home during its journey down the Vltava River with the iconic Charles Bridge and Prague Cathedral in the background. A custom steel pontoon was built for the prefabricated structure, the two joined together at a shipyard 25 miles north of Prague.

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Built in 2018, the one-bedroom home was designed by Czech Republic-based Freedomky, a manufacturer of prefabricated units in several sizes that are designed to interlock as needed. The company was established by architect Marek Jan Stepan, who was inspired to create a solution that is easy on both the wallet and the planet. 

The exterior is wrapped in cement fiber boards with a Cembrit patina finish. Due to a lack of onshore infrastructure, a big challenge of the project was the addition of self-contained  sewage and clear water tanks.

The exterior is wrapped in cement fiber boards with a Cembrit patina finish. Due to a lack of onshore infrastructure, a big challenge of the project was the addition of self-contained  sewage and clear water tanks.

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With approximately 500 square feet of interior living space, the minimalist tiny home serves as a flexible meeting space, as well as a city retreat for a young professional. After stints traveling around Europe on a motorbike and camping in many natural locations, the homeowner dreamed about finding a unique location within the city limits.

For maximum privacy, the bridge leads directly to the home's entrance, bypassing a walk-around deck that is typically found on houseboat or floating home designs. Along the front half of the roof, permanent vegetation adds greenery in the summer months.

For maximum privacy, the bridge leads directly to the home’s entrance, bypassing a walk-around deck that is typically found on houseboat or floating home designs. Along the front half of the roof, permanent vegetation adds greenery in the summer months.

Courtesy of FREEDOMKY

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