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Bamboo House Floats When It Floods

Architectural firm in South East Asia look for ways to keep people and their homes safe during extreme weather.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on April 15, 2013. @greenidealism

Flooding is a common problem across South East Asia – leaving many people’s homes in complete devastation. The frequency of which could increase over the coming years due to climate change – and this is exactly why an architectural firm based in Vietnam called H&P Architects has come up with a way to combat the floods.

The houses they have designed can be made from natural resources in the loca area – such as bamboo and leaves. The ability to float comes from empty oil containers which are built into the base of the structure. When confronted with a flood, the houses will simply rise up with the water, avoiding the brunt of the water’s force. To ensure they don’t drift away, they houses are secured with anchors and ties.

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A great feature of the house is that they can be put together by the local people, showing that the company has designed the houses with the residents in mind, not purely in pursuit of making a tidy profit from the idea.

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H&P Architects

 

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