Floating Not Flooding
Planning permission was granted in February 2012 for a property described by its architect as the UK’s first ‘amphibious’ house. According to Baca Architects, the firm behind the plans, an amphibious house is a building that “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 225sq metre home is to be located on an island in a stretch of the Thames that passes through Marlow, Buckinghamshire. According to the architects, the site is designated as Flood Zone 3b – classified as the functional floodplain – and is in a conservation area. To be built later in 2012, the property will be set 10 metres from the river’s edge and will replace a dilapidated bungalow.
See how the Telegraph is reporting floating houses HERE.
Find out what Baca Architects say about the project HERE.