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Stunning Flood Resilience House Examples (2023)

Flood Resilience at house level involves a balance between the architectural intent and the level of protection required.

We have collected some examples in which we believe this is achieved.

See these great flood resilience house examples

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

This house designed by Mies is the one having the smallest footprint. It is least disruptive to the environment, enclosed by a glass ceiling.

The construction of this house began after World War II (1945), and the materials like travertine floors and steel were sourced from Europe.

A technique called plug welding had been incorporated in the construction of the Farnsworth House, where any bolts or welds cannot be seen.

This house is located along the river in the woods.

Though the house has been raised five feet and three inches from the ground, the house is prone to floods every year.

Home in Puget Sound – Designs Northwest

This home in Washington’s Puget Sound designed by two architects – Tom Rochon and Dan Nelson, has a foundation with pilings that can withstand intense earthquakes, high-velocity tsunami waves, and 85 miles per hound wind.

The lower level is simple with concrete floors, a western red cedar ceiling, and open concrete columns.

The overhead doors that open to the north and the south are made of clear and translucent glass.

The main level (887-square-feet) looks cool opening up to the principal bedroom and a sleeping loft at the third level (198-square-foot).

Spectacular water views are available from many points inside the house and a built-in sun deck provides privacy from the road.

The lower and main levels are connected by a staircase made of bent steel.

Source: dwell

Amphibious Home – Baca Architects

Do you want to enjoy the waterfront from your home even amidst floods? Check this home out by Richard Coutts and Robert Barker who are the founders of Baca Architects.

This home is built in the river Thames on an island near Marlow. According to the design, when the water level rises, this home will float in order to prevent damage.

The base of the house is made of permeable concrete such that the water that inflows make the home float.

Four, eight-foot-tall steel poles that are higher than the projected flood level of the area, are used.

These homes are 20% costlier than the traditional models.

The second iteration of these homes has been planned to be built on the River Thames. 

There is another plan for 670 homes on a wetland that has remained unsettled for 25 years.  Striking example of a flood resilience house. 

Source: Architectmagazine

House Flood Resilience
Courtesy The Guardian


The pop-up climate change adaptation aims to solve three problems at once.

It aims to solve the three problems of car parking, urban spaces, and water reservoirs.

With contributions from companies like COWI and RAMBØLL in terms of financial calculations and structural models, this project is developed.

A combination of a large water reservoir with a parking lot that can oscillate up and down as the reservoir empties and fills with water. The work is based on Archimedes’s principle of flotation.

During heavy rain, the rainwater flows through the sewer system to the reservoir. The parking structure is raised based on the hydrostatic buoyancy from the water and perforates.

The circular shape of the reservoir and the parking structure helps with the buoyancy.

When the sewage system gradually gains the capacity for rainwater handling, the water returns to the sewer network and the parking structure is lowered.

It is estimated that the POP-UP design is thrice as expensive as the conventional parking house above the ground. 

Source: tredjenatur

D*house by David Ben Grunberg

The D*house draws inspiration from the D*Table, which is based on the concept of turning a perfect square into a perfect triangle.

This house also draws inspiration from a flower or more broadly nature allowing energy conservation by taking advantage of the optimum times of the day.


NL Architects – SuperMarket

VANKE Housing Corporation approached NL Architects for a proposal for a SuperMarket to be a part of a big resort in Sanya, the southernmost city in China located in the Hainan province.

This SuperMarket could be built in a layer of small shops and the large basement could be used to draw customers into the SuperMarket. Logistics and delivery could also be placed underground.

A pavilion with retail and cafes could be used as the entrance to the underground space.

A triangular plot allows for a shortcut and a mini shopping street is planned.

A stepped landscape like a natural rice paddy-like valley is planned atop the triangular building and it will also serve as a great view for the neighborhood.

Source: nlarchitects

Supermarket Sanya lake park urban water

West Sussex House – AR Design Studio

To minimize the flood impact of the site, a four-bedroom house would be raised above the ground using solid brick plinths.

The property design – Five Elms is based on a grade II listed warehouse on the water of Bosham Quey of the 18th century.

As the house is elevated, it provides unhindered views. 

Contemporary linear brick and solid flint material were used for the ground floor while lightweight timber is used for the first floor.

Source: bdonline

West Sussex House urban water

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Argemiro Rivera, <b>BEng(Hons) MSC CEng MICE MCIWEM C.WEM CEnv</b>
Argemiro Rivera, BEng(Hons) MSC CEng MICE MCIWEM C.WEM CEnv

Passion for Water, Flood Risk & Sustainability
I love to dig into complex flood risk and water engineering projects and deliver them. I focus on delivering reliable flood risk information to protect livelihoods and the environment.

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