Willamette River House
The tiniest home on this list at just 433 square feet, this Portland, Oregon, river house, designed
by Studio Hamlet Architects, had to contend with a few marina ordinances and fire restrictions.
But every cloud has a silver lining: The requirement for access from all sides yielded a spacious
wrap-around deck. The corrugated rooftop, however, was selected for looks alone—it echoes
the rippling water below.
Both water- and eco-friendly, the Schwimmhausboot by the German design firm Confused-
Direction sits landside with zero emissions. Made from salvaged 250-year-old larch wood, this
floating home is equipped with a patch of green roof—perhaps for those moments when the
homeowners find themselves missing dry land.