The deck of this converted London houseboat features a lush winter garden that resembles a ‘transparent shipping container’.
The 1950s Dutch barge was transformed by LAB Architects, whose projects centre around light, nature and the environment. The London practice has worked on several floating homes, including its studio onboard Chelsea barge L’Alliance.
On a mirrored plinth, Bosco’s winter garden has a boxy structure with a steel frame and glass walls, offering all-round views of the Thames and Battersea Bridge. Inside the three-bedroom vessel, it is a relaxed affair with bare floorboards, a cosy black ceiling and many potted tropical plants and rattan blinds, which transport you to hotter climes.
Below deck is a colourful and plywood-accented interior, arranged around the hull’s portholes, with plenty of custom storage. Its sleek kitchen has stainless-steel cabinetry and a ply-lined living room ceiling wrapped around a skylight and lighting, which references nautical design.