The man who built his own floating home

By Daniel Loher

Photographer Claudius Schulze constructed a ‘bizarre pleasure boat’ which carries him from country to country.

More and more people are working outside traditional offices: they’re heading to co-working spaces set in lush tropical getaways. Others are even swapping home offices with total strangers.

But for Hamburg-based photographer Claudius, it’s about taking work life on the road – or on the river, in his case.

Initially planning to build a treehouse but running into bureaucratic headaches, Schulze decided to instead build a houseboat from scratch. He has sailed this homemade, on-the-go flat as far as Paris and plans to continue his travels to Berlin in the coming months.

For Schulze, the boat is more than just a home or a mode of transport – it is a project to explore themes such as sustainability and new forms of urbanity. He says his floating home serves as his laboratory to develop new ideas and work on photographic projects.

It’s a form of living that seems surprisingly within reach for those who are handy enough. Could it be an option for digital nomads and other office-free workers?

Daniel Loher caught up with Schulze and his ‘bizarre pleasure boat’ in Amsterdam. 

Video by Daniel Loher.

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