Architect Thom Mayne, founder and design director for Morphosis, is introducing a new concept for building below sea level in places like New Orleans - the float house.
Well, not quite so new. Houseboats have been around for quite a while, and several prototypes have appeared in the Netherlands lately, but it is the first permitted floating house in the United States.
And, in case of flood - it floats!
The float house is affordable ($150,000) and sustainable; it operates off the grid. Mayne worked with Brad Pitt to make this idea a reality.
Check out the Float House page on Morphosis' website.