Houseboat 3 Pearl Bay Avenue

CategoryHeritage Conservation
ArchitectInfinite Design Studio

This project comprised of a full restoration and upgrade of mechanics, structure and finishes of an original houseboat dating back to the 1800s. The houseboat is located in Pearl Bay.


  • A response in good design principles and solutions ensured low impact on the surroundings and quality restoration of a heritage site
  • Marine-grade finishes on exterior and interior along with upgraded mechanics allow for less demand on energy consumption & maintenance
  • Restored Heritage materials and innovative sustainable/recycled building materials were used

Innovative sustainable design elements:

  • Restoration of heritage materials from the Spit Barge
  • Innovative sustainable/recyclable and marine grade materials were used
  • High performance insulation
  • Low energy and water consumption with effective mechanics, fixtures, appliances
  • Rainwater storage
  • Recycled decking/flooring
  • Insulated walls and roof
  • Low energy and water consuming appliances and fixtures

Environmental footprint of the building is minimised by:

  • Open plan layout,natural cross ventilation, natural light access, minimising dependence on artificial heating, cooling and lighting
  • Low water consumption fittings minimises water use. Efficient appliances and boating mechanics minimise electricity use
  • Restoration of original materials and the use of recycled decking / flooring eliminated the need for new materials