Gallery: Amphibious Houses Could Provide A Permanent Solution For Flood...

Looking for a permanent solution to the problem of flooding in Thailand, Site-Specific and Prefab Laboratory have developed a series of amphibious buildings that float during a flood. The 'Amphibious Houses' use a prefabricated steel floatation system built over a trench. As the area begins to flood, water first pools into the trench and the home begins to float and rise up with the water. The plan also includes shops, hybrid residential/commercial buildings and civic spaces, which all work together as one floating community.

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  1. seahull November 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I have been building Flat deck barges and house boat bases and recently making moulds for rotaional moulding of boats, what i think is that its simple to make a flat potoon that is as little as 300mm thick and it will double as a floor and foundations, it will be able to be used to erect a house on to it and the inside of the pontoon can ebe usful for storage and flotation, this way can make use of any swamped or potentially flooding areas for homes,

  2. XenoSilvano May 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

    The word ‘amphibious’ gives me the impression that it goes underwater.

  3. ahinalu May 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    It seems it needs a way to get rid of the mud that will accumulate under the house during flooding as well as during normal rainfalls. Considering, every time I see it rain in the tropics, the water running down the streets is not clear, but good idea overall.

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