Amphibious house to mitigate climate change
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.