When it comes to tourists planning to set foot in Thailand, the Thailand Holiday Homes is one of the many that is praised enthusiastically and highly recommended by Tourist Authority of Thailand. There could be a vast array of villas available for rent, each having an exquisite design that offers what guests would need. Apart from these wonderfully designed Pattaya or Phuket villas, Thailand is also known in the world as its geographic location earns it a tough spot. Certain regions of the country are said to be prone to seasonal flooding as a result of its tropical climate. This being the condition throughout the years, new home designs have been experimented in the past months, in the hopes to resolve the consequences brought about by the coming and going of storms.
A tricky green-painted home surrounded with grey shade panels stood proudly in Ban Sang Village located in the province of Ayutthaya. What most villagers do not know about is the house’s ability to float three meters off the ground in the occurrence of flooding, as a result of the hidden structure under it: steel pontoons containing Styrofoam.
The said 2.8 million baht worth home is one of the ideas created as different nations across the globe conceptualize on a solution to the massive destruction caused ultimately by climate change. According to architect Chuta Sinthuphan from Site-Specific Co. Ltd, the firm responsible for the house’s unique design, while building up walls to prevent water from flooding the coastal areas may also achieve the same goal, he did not see it as a sustainable permanent solution. He strongly believes that instead of fighting with nature, working with it is always a better option and one way of doing so is through experimentation on house architecture designs.
It can be recalled that one of the most severe flooding situations Thailand had ever been in was the monsoon season last 2011. Many regions that were not usually affected by flashfloods in Thailand were not spared and many industrial estates were damaged. According to the World Bank, damage and losses reached up to $50 billion.
Many other projects had been started towards the same goal such as the city of Bangkok taking bids for the construction of a hospital for the elderly that is built 4 meters off the ground and at the same time supported by some structure that is placed on land prone to flooding.
Interestingly, the concept of floating houses is said to be not entirely new in Thailand as there was an era way back when the city of Bangkok was nicknamed as the ‘Venice of the East’.