The Flood-Proof House is by far one of the most effective and interesting projects I’ve seen. Designed by the American studio, Peek Ancona based in San Francisco, the Flood-Proof House is more than just a fascinating project that also looks nice. It is a prototype that can serve people living in areas where floods are an imminent danger. The envisioned house aims to remain intact after a flood or even a tsunami. Now, this is definitely something! The house is built on a metallic structure, adorned with cedar and (easy to dry) bamboo wood.
The house is built taking into account the principles of sustainability, using with thirty percent less materials than a regular “anti-flooding” building. Here is what the architects have to say about this project: “Western Red Cedar “ventilated-wall” façade is a high-tech application using low-tech renewable materials: air is circulated under this cladding, creating additional insulation and a rain screen barrier. The cedar detailing provides an aesthetic complement to the eclectic context of mid-century and rustic Northern California buildings.” Despite its functional look, the dwelling is very stylish and comfortable. It’s not just for hazard, it’s also for fun and good time. How do you find the design idea?
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.