I was excited to get an email from Matthew Peek, principal at Studio Peek Ancona, regarding this prototype built in a flood and seismic zone in Stinson Beach, California. The flood-proof home has been Platinum certified by the Marin County green building program and meets FEMA standards of the area, according to Peek. It's green and undeniably contemporary, but it's also small and showcases indoor/outdoor living without a hitch.
According to an article in Dwell Magazine — Price of Tides — the Flood Proof house had to be 12 feet off the ground and the interior was constrained to 450 square feet. Peek optimized the lack of interior space by adding about 350 square feet of outdoor decking.
Green elements include drought tolerant landscaping, passive solar design, radiant heated flooring, and natural ventilation. The cedar rainscreen is a nice touch, too, while the steel elements most certainly have a percentage of recycled content. But durability is equally important as certain features ensure that this place survives a flood.
You might recall this isn't the first home we've seen to be designed for coastal realities. Morphosis Architects led the design and construction of a Float Home in New Orleans. The LEED Platinum home has an innovative foundation that buoys the structure in flood situations.