Whether out for necessity or preference, sometimes a home’s constraints can provide fodder for creative design. In the United States, FEMA has specific requirements for homes in flood-prone areas, typically resulting in a raised structure with the ground level being skipped altogether. Other countries have similar regulations, often with the same result. Sometimes design plans will call for an elevated home based on poor soil quality, high water table, or any other geological reasons. Regardless of the reason, the best architect view these design challenges as an opportunity for experimentation. Below, are some examples of this.
Toda House by Kimihiko Okada
Villa S by Saunders Architecture
The Curving House by JOHO Architecture
(Gyeonggi-do, South Korea)
Northwest Harbor by Bates Masi + Architects
(East Hampton, New York)