On the banks of the River London, John Pardey Architects designed and built the Hind House, which responds dramatically to its context. Erected upon a plot of land prone to frequent flooding, the home stands upon coated steel columns, safely hovering above the river when it exceeds its banks. The juxtaposition of a home surrounded on all sides by water is surreal, but tranquil. There are no nearby neighbors and a stairway from the elevated living areas disappears into the river at its base. The home itself is composed of three primary rectilinear volumes. Clad in zinc and cedar siding, they cantilever over the river from a central core, supported by exposed I-beams. Interior spaces take full advantage of the unique site with floor to ceiling windows. The cedar exterior siding is continued inside on floors, walls, and ceilings. Accessibility issues aside, the Hind House is a dramatic demonstration of contextually appropriate architecture, and it allows its occupants to live in an area previously deemed uninhabitable.
More images of the Hind House after the jump.