Design and Travel Inspiration – Living on the Water

Danica Maricic, Editor-in-Chief & Communications Manager

August 28, 2020


Water is a natural resource that is often associated with relaxation and refreshment. Perhaps, this is precisely the reason why more and more people decide to temporarily or permanently stay by the water or on the water. Of course, it is not a new trend, but a lifestyle that has been present since time immemorial. In the next photo, enjoy the refreshing sights and colors of beautiful Dubovica Bay on Hvar Island, Croatia.

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Let’s remember the famous phrase “To sail is necessary.” (“Navigare necesse est. ” in the original language – Latin). There are more and more stories of people who live aboard their boats year-round.

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In addition to life on board, one should mention houses built on the water or by the water. Lighthouses often play the role of a home for individuals or entire families.

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In the Adriatic region, lighthouses are often placed on the islands, more or less distant from the mainland. This position makes them ideal for a romantic getaway or a summer holiday. This lighthouse in the photo represents the traditional Dalmatian architecture style and color palette of this lovely Croatian coastline region – white-stone walls, green windows, and doors, orange roofs.  

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In Asian countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, China, etc., where the water level often grows, especially in the monsoon season, common sights are the so-called “floating villages”. In this way, the local population adapts to the climatic conditions in which they live. The houses are simple and usually constructed of wood.

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On the other hand, there are modern and often luxurious “floating” homes constructed of various materials. The previously mentioned “floating” homes can often be found in the Scandinavian countries and elsewhere. When it comes to life by the water, one should also mention the expensive properties, for example, the ones in California and Florida, which represent a kind of status symbol.

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White-colored houses by the sea are a well-known postcard scene from Santorini and other beautiful Greek islands. There are also the world-famous tourist destinations such as the Maldives, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Bali, Hawaii, etc., where the bungalows or villas on the water have become an indispensable part of the image. In Dubai, hotels are often built on artificial islands.

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A Colorful Journey to Dalmatiafind out more about this Nature-inspired color palette. 

Romantic Travel Destinations – Hvar and Santorini Islandsdiscover more

Burj Al Arab in Dubai, UAEhave a look at this sail-shaped hotel design. 



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