UK's First Amphibious House

Monday 05 Mar 2012

Buildings and cities designed to live and work with water

Baca Architects submission is for a range of projects, designed with water. These include the UK's first Amphibious House, the Dordrecht Floodproof Pilot Project , which won invited international competition, for the Municipality of Dordrecht, an Urban Surf centre for Silvertown, the Liverpool Waterspace Strategy for British Waterways, the Floating Urban Quarter in Glasgow and the M55 Metro line and new developments (Water Cities) for the Municipalities of Almere and Amsterdam.

Baca Architects also make reference to their self-initiated, Defra funded Long-term initiatives for Flood Risk Environments (LifE) project, a masterplanning approach to reducing flood-risk through new zero-carbon development, RIBA presidents Award for Research 2009.

The amphibious house is an ingenious solution to managing flood-risk, in which the building rests on the ground on fixed foundations but, whenever a flood occurs, the entire building rises up in its dock, buoyed by the floodwater (£600k)

The Dordrecht pilot presents a number of technological solutions to managing differing levels of flood-risk at the heart is an intuitive landscape that incrementally floods directing people to safety. (€30million)

The surf centre activates the water in a former dock and creates a public realm on water. (£10million)

The first comprehensive waterspace plan in the UK forms a detailed planning document for a balanced mix of uses and development of the Liverpool South Docks, respecting the scale and history of this World Heritage Site. This provides investors with the policy confidence to invest in water based development.

The floating quarter in Glasgow is a mixed use floating development on water in this prestige dock space. The designs seek to create a new type of ‘aquatecture', not building or boat but a floating vessel that creates access to the water, reflection, views and both public and intimate waterspaces. (£30million)

The M55 is a 20km metro extension from Amsterdam-South to Almere, including a 9km tunnel under IJburg and IJmeer, with five new stations. One of the underground stations is set within a new canal to enable boats to moor alongside creating the world's first Sail-and-Ride station.

Enhancing what is the most cost effective engineering location with a unique experience of rising through the water. The excavated material will be used to create a new island for 3,000 low energy homes (utilising wind and solar power), with a sheltered cove, moorings and a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system back to the mainland. (€3 billion)

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