Founder Thom Mayne of Morphosis has won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. About this latest project, he said, NPR: "We rethought the idea of a house in terms of potential flooding occurred in the conditions of Katrina."
So if flood waters rise, the house is floating, going up the 12 meters marks. It breaks easily away from power lines and plumbing, and batteries can be connected to devices and equipment within up to three days. It is also made of ecological materials.
Does this concept works on a large scale? It is too early to tell but it is certainly outside the box.