It's inevitable that a Katrina-style hurricane will strike again. But maybe this time we should be prepared to go with the flow--literally. Brad Pitt's Make it Right Foundation unveiled today the Float House, a home that can break away from its moorings in the event of a flood and rise up to 12 feet on guideposts.
The house, designed by Morphosis Architects, is covered with concrete and built with a polystyrene foam base. Float House does break away from electrical lines in a flood, but a battery backup can provide enough power to juice up appliances for three days.
So far, Morphosis hasn't had the chance to test the home in real flood conditions--just computer simulations. The company hasn't revealed how much the Float House will cost, but a home that can save itself during a flood is like homeowner's insurance for its inhabitants. And today, one family displaced by Katrina will have the chance to move into a model Float House, effectively giving them a second chance in the event of a second major hurricane.