Bamboo Houses to Tackle Flash Floods

April 17, 2013 / No Comments

When natural calamities strike, people are rendered homeless. Keeping them safe when such mishaps happen is not possible unless they could afford homes that could withstand the brawling forces of nature.

hp architects disaster resistant housing vietnam Bamboo Houses to Tackle Flash Floods

Many projects have looked at architecture design choices to deal with building costs and durability. Flood prone locales should need homes that can float on the gushing water and should bear the sheer velocities of the flash floods.

For that, many of the projects all around the world have adopted light weight foundation with stilts on the house so that they can be always ready for such catastrophic conditions.

Vietnam-based design firm H&P Architects has a developed a prototype that can be brave critical flood situations and at the same can be built affordably. The recurring deluges in the Southeast Asia made them to come up with their prototype.

They put used oil drums on the base of the house and pillared them with steel piles for allotting free movement while floating. The whole structure is made up of bamboo with traditional thatched roof.

During the time of disaster, the whole house can be enclosed like a protected cage. H&P’s design proves comfortable living for families of six in their basic units. The space can be upgraded for 8 members with expansion.  They are looking for the production version to cost under $2000 and could be easy for villagers to construct their own houses.