Island Site, River Thames, London
Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private
Status | Concept
Set on an Island on the River Thames in London, this prototype home is designed to adapt to the increasingly dangerous risk of rising river levels on the Thames. With tight planning restrictions limiting the height of the building and with high water levels which often flood, the key idea was to create a home which can respond to the changing river level.
The lightweight floor structure is built onto industrial mechanical jacks and connected to a water sensor. When the water reaches a certain level the whole building is raised temporarily above the planning level. Internally a delicate ribbed structure and floor to ceiling glazing extends over the river with dramatic views of the landscape beyond.