With the cost of living in large cities constantly rising, the search for viable alternatives is constant. Flo Florian and Sascha Akkermann of design firm Confused-Direction had urban affordability in mind when they designed the Silberfisch houseboat. The house is a thoroughly modern floating home that, instead of occupying a valuable plot of land, is anchored in a body of water. In theory, the Silberfisch would allow residents to remain in a location indefinitely or relocate on a whim. It’s an interesting concept whose acceptance by the general public might be debatable. However, the eco-friendly principles underlying the house are universally appealing. Two of the primary “green” methods used in the house’s construction are a green roof planted with vegetation and the use of reclaimed wood wherever possible. Additionally, the house produces zero emissions. As home prices and eco-friendliness become increasingly critical issues, Confused-Direction’s Silberfisch houseboat may become a realistic option.