Water Lily : flood tolerant design


Recognising that change happens we have conceived a house for the future – focusing upon energy efficiency, sustainability and social responsibility.
The design should let the water in rather than pushing the water to the next area.
Absorbing the water will protect more vulnerable adjacent areas and adaptation will protect the house

A floating ground floor ‘pad’ and ‘petals’ that articulate in response to the change in the environment.


The ground floor sits on a floating pad around a fixed central core that houses circulation and services. The height of the ground floor will vary and be taken up by the double articulated joint at first floor allowing all accommodation above this to remain completely unaffected.

Considered design should allow the flood to alter how we use the home but not destroy it. Changing the flood from catastrophe to celebration with minimum disruption and loss to the occupants.