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Greenhouse “grows legs” to escape flooding in the UK

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by Lucy Wang last modified Jan 31, 2016 BAT Studio designed the greenhouse for Middlesex homeowners Erica and Peter, who love their riverside home but needed a solution after suffering their fifth flood in 2014. "When we bought the house in 2000 we were told the flood risk was 1 in a 100 but we have flooded five times,” Erica told Gizmodo. She also owns an amphibious car. “Our living area sits well above the flood level however our undercroft garage and storage area floods dramatically...We approached...



How do you protect a building from frequent floods? While some architects build elevated structures on stilts and others make theirs buoyant, Between Art and Technology (BAT) Studio decided to take a different approach with a building that “grows legs” to escape rising waters. The Greenhouse That Grows Legs is a timber structure equipped with four hydraulic legs that lift the building off the ground as a defense from the River Thames’ floodwaters.

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