If you’re going to build a home on a flood plain, you’re going to need some stilts. This English home shows one sleek way to work them in.
Designed by British firm John Pardey Architects, the house sits on the banks of a River Thames tributary near the village of Wargrave, England. The owners wanted to build a home overlooking the river, despite its precarious location. The site is projected to experience water levels of up to 3.8 feet, which led the architects to raise the house to 7.2 feet above the ground.
”The new house and all servicing has been raised well above predicted flood levels which allows the client to embrace flooding as part of the life on the river,” Chris Gray of John Pardey Architects told Dezeen. “During the days floating above the flood water, they enjoy life as if on a cruise liner!”
The home is clad in wood and expansive windows overlooking the river. A glass-encased open-tread staircase leads from the ground up to a deck, which also features a glass barrier for maximum views. The interior is deliberately quiet
as well to let the location and views command all the attention.