Amphibious houses

The Buoyant Foundation Project provides innovative, sustainable, low-impact and low-cost flood mitigation strategies that enhance community and cultural resilience in the face of flooding and climate change, focusing on retrofits of existing housing for vulnerable populations.

What is Amphibious Architecture?

Amphibious architecture refers to an alternative flood mitigation strategy that allows an otherwise-ordinary structure to float on the surface of rising floodwater rather than succumb to inundation.  An amphibious foundation retains a home’s connection to the ground by resting firmly on the earth under usual circumstances, yet it allows a house to float as high as necessary when flooding occurs. Amphibious foundations make homes resilient; resilient homes are the bases for resilient communities.




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