By Jimena Lobos
To this end, the San Francisco-based architectural firm Terry & Terry has designed a floating home that would be able to stay on the surface of the water in the event of flooding, while remaining anchored to the ground below the water. .
They have baptized it Tidal House, literally "house of the tides" in Spanish. The design was conceived as part of the XV International Architecture Fair of the Venice Biennale, in Italy.
The project is still in its conceptual stage, but this type of architecture, which adapts to environmental changes, could become the future of coastal housing and other buildings. There are other examples of houseboats, such as those designed by the Friday company, which are also self-sufficient and can produce a year of energy in 6 months.
Another sustainable feature of the houseboat is that thanks to the spherical and aerodynamic shape of the roof, it can not only tolerate very strong winds, but can also generate clean energy thanks to integrated photovoltaic systems.
Regarding the interior of the houses, the design includes three floors that include a living room, a dining room, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. It would also include a drop-down dock where you can sunbathe. Also, there would be enough space for a garden.
The design is based on the technology used in oil and exploration platforms, which can be ironic, since unlike these, the houseboat has been designed to help and adapt to the environment. According to Alex Terry, one of the architects of the firm, the goal was to take something negative and turn it around to find a more positive way to use that technology.
Like oil rigs, the houseboat has been designed with retractable legs that can be deployed with a gear system, which allows that, on the one hand, it can remain balanced and in position on the surface of the water, and on the another, that they can be easily moved and can be combined with more houseboats to form entire communities along the coasts.
According to its architects, the houseboat is large enough to accommodate two families, and it would cost about $ 2 million. A price that would decrease once the public reacts positively and demand increases.
The design concept can be adapted to different lifestyles and programs. Hopefully it will evolve to accommodate a wide range of communities and be a feasible solution for the transformations that we will see with climate change.