Contemporary Luxury Houseboat with a Loft Style Interior

Contemporary Luxury Houseboat with a Loft Style Interior

A new contemporary luxury houseboat, MetroShip, launches to the public, re-inventing the houseboat with modern New York City loft style interior and modern exterior that’s never been seen before in the boating industry. MetroShed pre-fab pioneer and product designer, David Ballinger set out to buy a modern houseboat 7 years ago. Ballinger found nothing and set about asking the largest houseboat builders in America to build something for his personal use. After several years of meetings and conference calls he realized that if he was going to get a truly modern houseboat and not ‘RV of the Sea’ he would have to design and build it from scratch. The result is a modern boating masterpiece in full production just north of Atlanta, GA under the management of master boat builder, Ray Davenport.

The MetroShip features a unique open floor plan, more in keeping with an open loft space in Tribeca. The MetroShip modern houseboat has a media center to make most audiophiles and techies drool – from ultra high-end Cyrus Audio British stereo components to Jamo Danish in-wall speakers to the HD projector that not only acts as a High Definition movie theater, but also as an extra large computer monitor for internet and e.mails as well as an entertainment center for the kids to play Nintendo Wii games on a big screen. The unique houseboat layout has a central kitchen and bathroom that divides the living room from master bedroom – all with central air conditioning and heat – all remote controlled. The kitchen is a large 8 foot by 5 foot island with breakfast bar and top of the line appliances from Gaggenau and Viking. The bathroom is the epitome of design and functionality, from a full size shower, full size toilet and LG steam washer dryer. Even the faucet in the Italian vanity is touch-free to conserve water. The furniture is all ‘green’ – using recycled frames and remnant fabrics made by sister company, MetroSofa.

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Designer David Ballinger commented, “The MetroShip represents 7 years of boat design and planning to utilize unique materials for a houseboat application. I wanted to incorporate the manufacturing efficiencies of our pre-fab buildings (MetroShed) into a luxury aluminum hull houseboat product. From the moment you walk on to the MetroShip you immediately forget you’re on a boat – the ceiling is high and the space is open. No other houseboat has the same feel. Light was the key factor to the MetroShip houseboat design – most houseboats have lots of windows to let light in – but the result is a very poor looking design. We use transulent thermal aluminum walls to achieve a clean linear look but most importantly a light and airy space during the day and a stunning looking boat design at night. This is certainly a product where the design has evolved from solving problems – Philippe Starck would be proud.”


  • Boris July 22, 2009 at 16:08 PMLogin to Reply →

    If you like this, you might also enjoy the floating homes by Karten Trabitzsch and Wolfgang Loeffler.

  • Seattle Houseboats July 23, 2009 at 02:13 AMLogin to Reply →

    Great looking design. We just had a custom houseboat built by a dreamer in Seattle that was beautiful, but he decided he couldn’t afford it when he was done.

  • Metroship The Modern Luxury Houseboat July 23, 2009 at 16:32 PMLogin to Reply →

    […] Metroship is a new contemporary houseboat with a New York City loft-style interior. Designed by David Ballinger and constructed by pre-fab pioneer MetroShed, this unusual, architecturally modern houseboat features an all aluminum hull, aluminum framing and insulated vinyl wall panels. Tech wise, the large open living area features a full HD TV projector for TV, movies, gaming and Internet and Jamo in-wall speakers for great sound quality. The floating condo features a full size bathroom that exudes luxury with its imported Italian vanities, the touch-free water conserving faucets, full size touch-flush toilet and even packs a washing machine. Powered by a twin 60HP Honda outboard motor or a single VTEC 90HP Honda for easy reliable boating, the Metroship is a maintenance free houseboat that will cost you around $350,000 to put in your own dock. [via Freshome] […]

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    Hrmm that was weird, my comment got eaten. Anyway I wanted to say that it’s wonderful to know that someone else also mentioned this as I had trouble finding the same info elsewhere. This was the first place that told me the answer. Thanks.

  • indoor water wall June 4, 2010 at 06:02 AMLogin to Reply →

    The houseboats are very beautiful. I really love it. It floats in very clear water. Oh, what an amazing feature!

    I hope I could have a houseboat like that. It’s an awesome design idea.

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