Necessity is the mother of invention. The rising ocean level due to global warming has posed a grave threat to human establishments, especially in coastal areas. As a result, architects are busy evolving new home designs to increase human adaptability to the changing environment. One such design is Floating House that is firmly grounded in the land, but can turn itself into a floating home in case water level rises.
Employing radiant floor system to maximize inner space, the home is positioned at the edge of water space. The home has a unique strong steel tube rib structure that runs throughout the structure. It not only provides the required strength and flexibility to the residence, but also keeps the house from floating away. This ability is facilitated by the fact that the steel tubes are connected with the Earth via a pivotal point, which is attached to the ground. The house’ metamorphosis from a land-anchored house to a floating residence takes place when water level rises. During that moment, the structure slides up the steel tubes and begins to float. At the same time, the steel structure doesn’t allow the residence to float away because of the ground-anchored steel tubes.
[Thanks Brad Wanek]