Fairfield Flood House

01. Brief

Upon reconstruction, the clients desired not only to raise the existing house higher, but rebuild in underneath with flood-proof materials. This resulted in the foundations of JDA’s development of experimental flood resilience strategies which continue to evolve throughout the practice today.

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Not compromising liveability, practicality or aesthetics, the Fairfield Flood House uses clever detailing and flood resilient materials to create an exciting palette, with a hanging stair linking the new ground level and the relatively undamaged upper floor.

02. Climate Adaptation & Flooding

The floods devastated the existing post-war house making it completely unliveable, displacing the owners.

03. Construction

Single skin designer block masonry, with polished concrete floors  are combined with sunken sill details to allow easy washing out  of future floodwater.

Joinery on the ground floor is constructed out of marine ply, with stone bench-tops standing on its own powdercoated frame, with removable counter units underneath for cleaning.

04. Outcome

Not compromising liveability, practicality or aesthetics, the Fairfield Flood House uses clever detailing and flood resilient materials to create an exciting palette, with a hanging stair linking the new ground level and the relatively undamaged upper floor.

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