Pierpaolo Lazzarini wants to build an unidentified floating object.
The U.2.O. has been under development for about three years, and now the Italian designer is finally ready to make his floating houseboat a reality.
Spanning 12.5 meters in diameter, the UFO has two living spaces: a main entrance and communal area above the water, and an underwater bathroom and bedroom.
According to designboom, the plan is for the vessel to be self-sustainable. The main deck includes solar panels that charge batteries stored inside the deck, and it can also be outfitted with an optional vegetable garden.
Water tanks and weights are also stored in the deck. The weights make sure the bottom half — about 7.5 feet of the UFO — stays submerged.
The vessel includes a small electric motor that can move the houseboat up to 3.5 knots.
Right now, Lazzarini is crowdfunding the houseboat, working on a business model similar to a timeshare, except with a place that you actually want to go. He thinks that he can have the first unidentified floating object ready for the water by 2021.
What's crazy is that this isn't the designer's only exotic floating houseboat. Last year, Lazzarini Design Studio launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise nearly $400,000 to build a floating pyramid he calls a Waya. It's the first step towards a proposed self-sustaining floating community called Wayaland.
Say what you want, but the man has vision.