Recently the Thames estuary has been home to architect Matthew Butcher's Flood House, made of wood and buoyed by three steel pontoons, in an effort to investigate future living conditions in areas susceptible to flooding. Co.Design staffer Meg Miller reports on Butcher's Flood House and the reasoning behind its design.
Butcher has explored this idea for nearly a decade and addresses how people's relationships with their homes will change as the sea levels do. In terms of design, Flood House meets the basics for survival: shelter and access to nature, machinery, and art. But not much more:
To Butcher's mind, the spartan approach is a necessary step to envisioning how future architecture might respond to frequent coastal flooding. Rather than exploring the form the architecture will take, he's more interested in exploring how we will respond to this new dual landscape—one that oscillates between dry land and water—if we're forced to engage with it more directly.