“One of the most innovative architecture studio, able to design intriguing architectural and design objects inspired by the aquatic life.”

The New York Times

“The Italian naval architect Giancarlo Zema, design the brave new world of houses that float.”

The Sunday Times

“Trilobis 65 by Giancarlo Zema, a radical new yacht design opens the window on Neptute’s realm.”

Popular Mechanics

“Behold the WaterNest by Giancarlo Zema: an eco-conscious, high-tech luxury home that floats.”

Forbes Life

Giancarlo Zema Design Group


The Giancarlo Zema Design Group (GZDG) is an innovative architecture practice in Rome, specialized in smart eco-sustainable projects, semisubmerged architectural structures, floating habitats, yacht and interior design. Founded in 2001 by the architect Giancarlo Zema as a dynamic and flexible organisation, it covers the entire design process, from concept to the executive details. The (GZDG) uses advanced technologies and design software, which allow us to project and calculate different planning solutions. With the use of computer-aided design systems, we can create 3D models, prospective views and renderings, producing a full layout presentation. This offers the client all the necessary information on the project before the realization.

The main characteristics of our design are soft lines that clearly recall biomorphic forms. The (GZDG) is sensitive to new technologies and uses sophisticated high performance technological elements perfectly integrated in their organic designs. We believe that only when architecture and design blend with each other, something new has been created.

Our projects are frequently shown in international exhibitions, TV programmes and published in the most important scientific, design, nautical and architecture magazines and books. In 2002 the famous American Popular Mechanics magazine dedicated the front cover to the Trilobis (hydrogen eco-yacht), defining it as “the most innovative project of the last ten years”. In 2004 the prestigious English nautical magazine Captain’s Log, described the Jelly-Fish (floating home with underwater view) as the best project that represented “the Italian Marine Scene” dedicating a splendid front cover to it. In the same year The Sunday Times wrote about our work as “design in the brave new waterworld” and The New York Times defined it as “the new design of aquatic life”. In 2015 Forbes Life describes our WaterNest (solar-powered floating habitat) an eco-conscious, high-tech luxury home that floats.