Architectural designer Matthew Butcher has launched the Flood House, a prototype structure that will travel on the water to sites around the Thames Estuary. Over the next four weeks, the structure that serves as both a dwelling and a laboratory for monitoring local environmental conditions, will be moored at various sites that are susceptible to flooding.
The 5.5 × 7.5m structure draws on influences including fishing sheds and boats, WW2 pillboxes and Maunsell naval sea forts and will be constructed using ply and weatherboard. Floating on three steel pontoons it will be towed from site to site by a tugboat.
“By presenting an architecture that is towed from one location to another and where occupation is effected by the rise and fall of the tides, the project seeks to question the way built structures relate to the environment. Architecture is usually considered to be a stable, fixed entity where internal temperature and conditions of comfort are heavily controlled,” says Matthew. “Flood House seeks to challenge these notions, suggesting instead a nomadic architecture that forms a responsive relationship to its surrounding environmental conditions. Only this way can we start to address climate change and the dramatic shifts in sea levels that this century will bring.”
The Flood House is part of the Radical Essex project that aims to re-examine the history of Essex in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture.
- Hippolyte Cupillard’s film follows the dreamlike ascent of a mountain climber
- Meet the speakers: Frances Corner, Yukai Du, Akinola Davies and Simon Landrein
- Illustrator Antoine Cossé talks about the highs and lows of creating comic books
- How Greg Barth and Droga5’s surreal, retro-futuristic ad for MailChimp was made
- Llewellyn Mejia's paintings created in between commercial projects
- Robert Nicol’s brutish but spirited illustrations spanning artistic mediums
- The return of the hovering art director: we asked comic artist Nadine Redlich to peer inside agency life
- Photographer Carlota Guerrero depicts the female body as a canvas for Apartamento (NSFW)
- After Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, Miranda Tacchia’s characters found life on Instagram
- How to go freelance: need-to-know advice from creatives who made it
- YouTube releases its first own-brand font, YouTube Sans, inspired by the play button
- Photographer Raymond Rojas captures the “magic” in Disneyland Paris