If you’re looking to extend your home with some waterfront space, Australia-based designer Alexander Lotersztain has just the thing for you. A floating platform system that can be customized to your tastes to include clip-on lighting, furniture and docking facilities or just left sparse to use as a helipad or even a dance floor!
Waterscape was designed by Lotersztain’s studio Derlot for Superior Group and has already made its way to the Good Design Australia Awards. It is intended to act as a “beacon from the water to the front door of a resort or home”.
“Waterscape is design-led,” added Lotersztain. “It’s the first product of its kind that responds to what the customer wants and needs in a waterfront lifestyle product.”
Its modular design allows customers to modify and customize the one-meter buoyancy compartments to create a different variety of shapes and sizes. To keep the seabed from drifting away, the buoyancy levels are adjusted to ensure the platform remains levelled. A lot of planning has gone behind designing the modular structure or base plate and keeping it flexible against the constant water movements.
In terms of design and aesthetics, the platform features a translucent fender created using a copolymer plastic material that protects the structure from bumps when a boat is moored to it.
Come sundown, it can be lit up using an optional strip of LED lighting, around the edge. This gives it a warm neon-like glow which is activated by a remote control. Aesthetics aside, the fender also acts as a safety measure as its surrounds the entire structure and acts like a beacon when you approaching from the water with a boat.
The extruded rim also allows for accessories like seating, planters, umbrellas, ice boxes, power boxes for running electronic equipment, ladders for climbing on and off, and mooring cleats to be clipped on and off.
All of the accessories and many of the modular structural components are made of casting weather-resistant plastics and metals in aluminium moulds. The materials used are known for their longevity in a marine environment, requires low maintenance and can be disassembled and recycled.