Am­phibi­ous house to mit­i­gate cli­mate change

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UK ar­chi­tects are plan­ning for cli­mate change and ex­treme weather events with the in­no­va­tive de­sign of an am­phibi­ous house which sim­ply rises up to float on top of a flood. Full plan­ning per­mis­sion has been granted for the house which will be built on the banks of the River Thames later this year. The house rests on the ground on fixed foun­da­tions but, when­ever a flood oc­curs, the en­tire build­ing rises up in its dock and floats there, buoyed by the flood­wa­ter. The Lo­cal Author­ity and En­vi­ron­ment Agency sup­ported this pro­posal be­cause it was a re­place­ment dwelling so flood risk was re­duced on this site. Com­ment­ing on the pro­pos­als, the ar­chi­tect Richard Coutts said: “Am­phibi­ous de­sign is one of a host of so­lu­tions that can en­able res­i­dents to live safely and adapt to the chal­lenges of cli­mate change.” The tim­ber-framed, three-bed­room prop­erty, due for com­ple­tion this year, has a re­in­forced-con­crete base­ment set in a dock made of four poles. When the river bursts its banks – an event ex­pected once in ev­ery 20 years – the water pres­sure will un­lock the home from the dock and al­low it to float up to the water level. The house, has been de­signed by the Lon­don-based ar­chi­tects Baca, flood spe­cial­ists who have worked on projects in New Or­leans and Hol­land.

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