Flood-Proofing Architecture for a Stormier World
This seems like a good time to review the best architectural ideas we’ve covered that safeguard against floods and coastal incursions during storm surges and hurricanes.
Civilization has always flourished near water, and communities have found ways of overcoming fluctuations in water levels.
The ground floor of this flood proofed house on the California coast opens up to let floods pass. To reduce the destructive power of flood surges, the walls on the ground floor were designed to be flipped up, using a spring loaded mechanism. Only the load bearing structure remains. Vents at the bottom of the garage doors let water in as it begins to rise.
One way to disguise the empty space between the ground and the platform is to have stairs the full length of the platform the house sits on.
Or you can celebrate the “open bottom” concept like this gorgeous house we covered by Legoretto in Spain. While not designed for flooding, it works.
As does this “living room underneath” concept from this hotel in Mauritius we covered earlier this year.