London (CNN) — Building a home with a floor beneath the ground on a plot next to a flood-prone river might seem like a recipe for disaster. But not when it’s designed to float. The “amphibious house” was recently granted planning permission for construction on an island on the River Thames in Marlow — a small town 35 miles west of London. The upper part of the house is constructed from lightweight timber, according to its creators Baca Architects, while a concrete basement level sits inside a “wet dock” consisting of a base slab and four retaining walls.
Richard Coutts, Baca Architects
“Amphibious design is one of a host of solutions that can enable residents to live safely and to adapt to the challenges of climate change,” he added.
When it’s dry season.And when it’s cold season.
Amazing right? Well, it’s not a new concept as the Netherlands housing development has been trying this method all these while as a country below the sea level.