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Architectural Design with Storm Surges in Mind

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Use rot-proof materials

The  Iseami House in the Costa Rica jungle is built with plastics and metals that resist corrosion in flooding.

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Building without using wood that can absorb water and become rotten is the best material for flood zones.

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Build on stilts

This tiny prefab on stilts is sited in a flood plain meadow in an alpine river valley.

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The construction of each hut is just an offset steel clad box on a steel platform with a wood deck on top.

Outdoor living is at a higher level, the decks comprise about half the space.

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Make it aerodynamic

The Pearl from David Fanchon has a round dome shape that delivers Category 5 protection from high winds, storm surges and wild coastal weather.

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Normally, I’d say a round house is not for everyone… but this?

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Surround it

This vacation house for the fashion photographer José Manuel Ferrater, in Barcelona hardly looks like it’s in a flood prone region – but it is.

The dry white stucco is reminiscent of the parched dry desert.

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The arid Costa del Azahar does suffer occasional winter flooding.

Carlos Ferrater surrounded the property with a reinforced perimeter wall which channels floodwaters around the vacation house property in the flat low-lying barren landscape.

Mos Huron floating boathouse1 architectureOr go with the flow

This floating summer boathouse-cum-holiday home was designed by MOS Architects with an internal dock to bring the family boat right into its own floating “garage” underneath.

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Gigantic steel pontoons keep the vacation house-cum-boathouse afloat.

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