WHY FLOATING HOMES MIGHT BE YOUR NEXT HOME
A long-term solution for projected flood prone areas and costal living
The New Yorker
The BUOYANT FOUNDATION PROJECT
The Buoyant Foundation Project provides low-impact flood mitigation strategies for at-risk buildings. Our mission is to empower vulnerable communities through sustainable, and non invasive design.
WHAT IS AMPHIBIOUS ARCHITECTURE?
- Amphibious architecture is a sustainable flood mitigation strategy that allows an ordinary structure to float on the surface of rising floodwater rather than succumb to inundation.
- The Buoyant Foundation Project researches amphibious foundation retrofits to create resilience within vulnerable communities.
WHAT IS A BUOYANT FOUNDATION?
- A buoyant foundation is a type of amphibious foundation in which an existing structure is retrofitted to allow it to float as high as necessary during floods while remaining on the ground in normal conditions.
- The system consists of three basic elements:
- Buoyancy blocks underneath the house that provide flotation,
- Vertical guideposts that prevent the house from going anywhere
except straight up and down, and a 3. Structural sub-frame that ties everything together.
- Utility lines have either self-sealing ‘breakaway’ connections or long, coiled ‘umbilical’ lines.
- Any house that can be elevated can be made amphibious.
The Buoyant Foundation Project
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