There are several countries in Southeast Asia where one of the tourist attractions is floating markets. You’ll see some in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, and if you’ve never seen one before, it’s an interesting thing to experience. But for a lot of these countries, flooding and the harsh effects of climate change are also part of their reality. Housing can be a problem when it comes to places like this so it’s interesting to see how architects and designers are coming up with structures that will be able to withstand threats to their abodes.
Designer: H&P Architects
A Vietnamese firm has come up with a flood-resistant dwelling that’s specifically targeted for those who live near the rivers and may experience occasional flooding. The Floating Bamboo House is basically what its name says it is. It is made from various materials that will let the house survive threats from extreme weather conditions that may be the result of climate change. Materials include compressed weaved bamboo sheets, bamboo stems, bamboo screens and with the addition of leaves and corrugated iron. All of these materials are tied together with latches and ties.
The floating part is through the plastic drums that are found on the underside of the house. It is around 36 square meters and is designed like a traditional house with a triangular shape. Inside you get an open layout with two levels although later on, they will be adding a bedroom, kitchen area, and other things that will make it feel like a real home. There will even be a freshwater storage tanks and septic tanks. The roof will also have a rainwater collection system and solar panels to make it more sustainable. There are open facades in some parts so natural light and air can come in.
The space in the upper part can also be used as a classroom or library when the floor panels are removed. This is a pretty interesting concept even if it’s still in just the prototype stage. It was designed specifically for those living in and around in the Mekong Delta area as an alternative housing solution to adapt to the worsening conditions caused by climate change.