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?
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.