Amphibious House

The UKs first amphibious house is 10 metres from the Thames river edge in a Flood Zone 3b. The new house is designed like a pontoon in a marina and can float to a height of 2.5 metres on the rising flood waters, settling back into place when the flood waters recede.

A lightweight timber superstructure is supported on a concrete base with sufficient ballast to ensure stability and adequate height above the water level. The floating house is secured by four dolphins (permanent vertical guide posts) arranged close up to the sidewalls. When flooding does occur, the house will remain intact and operational enabling the owners to return to normal life as soon as the flood waters recede.

Architect

Client

Private

Awards

IStructE, Structural Awards, shortlisted for Sustainability Award, 2015

2014 London Design Awards, Gold Winner

Location

Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Project value

£750,000