Rainy seasons have finnaly arrived here in the Philippines. Series of tropical storms and typhoons are heading here, bringing with it heavy rains and floods. After our country has experienced the disaster from Typhoon Ondoy, I have been pondering on a solution to flooding and how to prevent it from happening again.
Architects: Vandeventer + Carlander Architects
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Since environmental change has drastically affected our weather system, flooding will become a common event during the rainy seasons. Asides from flood, landslide are a common scene on rural deforested areas.
This type of disasters have been happening around the world and some countries has learned to adapt in this extreme situations. I searched for a solution and found that a lot of the solutions from other countries is to design their houses to float.
Although it is already a common sight on other countries this has been rarely been adapted in the Philippines due to the high cost of this structures. Most of the floating homes here in the Philippines are built with light materials and are located at the slum areas. It would be great if I could design a cost effective liveable floating house for these. I guess this will be my next conceptual project in order to challenge my mind
I have found a handful of great designs of floating houses around the world. These houses will surely solve the problem of flooding and rising sea levels. It would be excellent if these houses could also withstand a tsunami. That would be one less disaster of the list. Anyway here are the floating home projects I found from other countries which are aesthetically pleasing and functional.
Architects: Martin Förster & Karsten Trabitzsch
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Location: Jburg, Amsterdam