Amphibious houses are designed to overcome the hazards of flooding. U.K. based Beca architects for the first time in Buckinghamshire in UK on the banks of River Thames for which UK government has granted permission for the planning. But you could see amphibious homes earlier built in other parts of the world. The amphibious residences resemble the houses built in New Orleans, Netherlands and Holland, and these constructions with floating bases successfully overcame the threat of flooding as they were anchored to secured poles during flooding. The Dura Vermeer Group in Maasbommel had built thirty two amphibious houses and fourteen floating dwellings in Netherlands.
Beca Architects have obtained full permission to construct a few residential amphibious houses in Buckinghamshire on the slope beside the River Thames. Its design differs from regular constructions which safeguards the residents from flooding water gushing into houses. The unique amphibious houses can rise up to 2.5 meters during floods above the foundation and keeping the dwellers floating above the flooding water level.
Technically the amphibious house rests on the ground on fixed foundations. The whole house rises and allows the flooding water to flow below during flooding situations. A wet dock is placed below the house in which the flooding water collects and lifts the house during extreme situations of floods. Fixed vertical posts are placed to hold the house and to prevent it from floating away during such calamities, according to Mr. Richard coutts, Director of Baca architects. The architects offer two options to choose either floating or elevated houses. An amphibious home’s construction would cost twenty five percent more than that of normal home.