Second Life Houses Houseboat New Amsterdam

Dutchie’s New Amsterdam was inspired by the oldest houseboat in the Netherlands, De Zwerver. Self-taught artist, writer, architect and explorer Wijnand Otto Jan Nieuwenkamp build it in 1900, the year of his marriage. Nieuwenkamp and his family lived, worked and exhibited on the boat while traveling through the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany for the next 10 years.

The houseboat’s exterior is completely renovated, but it’s greatest treasure is inside: a beautifully decorated historic building, the original interior a mix of exotic woods, old tiles, decorations and carvings as those by Nieuwenkamp himself.

Layout of the houseboat

Houseboat New Amsterdam has a living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom with separate toilet, hallway and two outdoor decks. Unlike the original boat, all these are on one floor. This had to be done because of the water level and camera angle in Second Life.

The ship is mod and copy, 100% original mesh with custom textures, baked shadows and materials applied.

Included is a plank to use as bridge from a dock to the front door.

The houseboat has the land impact of 133 prims. It’s 7,5 meters wide and 44 meters long, The boat is easily re-sizable, which will make the prim count go up or down.

The Kool doors and windows can be set to owner, group, everyone, or a list of names, and can be upgraded for roleplay options.

Furnished houseboat

A furnished version of the New Amsterdam will be released in the summer of 2017. Most of the mid-century furniture that was designed for the boat is already available at Dutchie, like the mid century bedroom, the industrial bathroom and this Second Life kitchen.

RFL Home & Garden Expo 2017

Dutchie’s New Amsterdam was released at the RFL Home & Garden Expo 2017.

More information

More information about W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp.

More information about De Zwerver (in dutch).

More pictures of De Zwerver.