Amphibious House Special in Grand Designs Magazine
A special feature on the UK’s first Amphibious House, designed by Baca Architects, will be appearing in the October issue of Grand Designs Magazine. This unique residence, situated on a picturesque stretch of the River Thames in Buckinghamshire, is a major breakthrough for British architects and engineers who have been searching for many years for a solution to mitigate the risk – and damage – of water ingress to homes in flood-prone areas.
An amphibious house is a building that rests on the ground on fixed foundations but, whenever a flood occurs, rises up in its dock and floats there buoyed by the floodwater. The home is also a modern, highly insulated, low-energy building including large high-performance windows. The practice took great care to ensure that it is also sympathetic to the locality, a scenic spot with very strict planning guidelines.