We’ve all seen those amphibious cars that drive on land and then plunge straight into the water. adapting the characteristics of – and functioning like a boat. Now with all the rain that Britain has been experiencing and the consequential damage to property estimated at 6 billion, one must ask whether amphibious homes amphibious homes aren’t the future for unpredictable weather situations.
Storms from all sides cause havoc
Britain has just recently experienced the wettest December in 100 years, and some 16,000 houses were flooded. Storm Eva, Fran and Desmond have together wreaked havoc, resulting in more than 100 flood alerts and warnings across England and Wales, but even so, England’s flood defences played an important role in protecting thousands of other homes. But with rivers having risen to some of the highest levels ever seen, British architects are coming up with some crafty ideas in the manufacture of amphibious homes that will take to the rising flood waters like a duck, and float like a ship.
Building More Flood Defences not the Answer
Rather than building more flood defences, architects in England are considering a far different approach. They have seen that over and over again that man is no match for the wrath of nature. Rather than try to restrain nature, man should adapt like the frogs and other amphibians and to make provision for floods.
Amphibious homes are lightweight timber-framed structures. Baca Architects have already constructed one of these structures which sits inside an excavated ‘wet-dock’. The structure is independent of the house, and 4 posts act as vertical guideposts to allow the structure to slide up and down when it needs to move. The structure is designed to float up with the rising waters of a flood.
Adapted to Flooding
The garden of these amphibious homes will also play a role in acting as a flood warning. The garden will be designed as a series of stepped terraces which will be submerged as flood waters rises so as not to alarm residents as their house lifts off. In Henley-on-Thames, the architects have planning permission for yet another amphibious house. Henley Isle, which is just a small piece of land, was submerged by flood waters in 2014 and Baca Architects have designed a boat of a house, shaped in such a way so that rising waters will flow around it. The ground floor is to be fitted with special flood-proof doors and windows and an exceptionally wide stairway which will allow furniture to be easily taken upstairs.
Homes which Rise to the Occasion
Amphibious homes, in the event of a flood, will float on top of the rising waters will float on top of the rising waters because of their concrete covered foam foundation and then once the waters subside, the house will settle back into its original placement spot, resting on its concrete foundation once again. Britain has some marshy areas as well as plains that are prone to flooding, so don’t get caught off-guard again; instead of spending a fortune on repairs, amphibian homes will rise to any occasion before settling down again for the dry part of the year.