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This Hurricane Proof House Was Built On Top Of 12-Foot Concrete Piers To Protect It From Flooding

A modern hurricane-proof house is cantilevered atop 12-foot concrete piers.

Studio PEEK|ANCONA has designed a hurricane-proof home in New Jersey, as a result of the homeowners losing their previous house to hurricanes Sandy and Irene.

The architects mention that “the challenge was to build a high-strength home with an efficient construction schedule, budget, and operating costs.”

A modern hurricane-proof house is cantilevered atop 12-foot concrete piers.

This resulted in the necessity of elevating all inhabitable space above the flood level creating a new typology of blurred indoor/outdoor spaces that address the post-Sandy FEMA flood zone changes along the Eastern Seaboard.

A modern hurricane-proof house is cantilevered atop 12-foot concrete piers.

The overall building form, which is an S-shaped plan, is designed to withstand massive wind and wave loads. A new ultralight hollow steel and wood composite frame is cantilevered atop 12-foot concrete piers, providing clear views over the Atlantic, while at the same time, allowing future hurricane waves to roll beneath the house.

A modern hurricane-proof house is cantilevered atop 12-foot concrete piers.

By raising the house up, it allowed for an expansive outdoor entertaining area that includes a lawn, swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, and covered living areas.

A modern hurricane-proof house with an expansive outdoor entertaining area that includes a lawn, swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, and covered living areas.
A modern hurricane-proof house with an expansive outdoor entertaining area that includes a lawn, swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, and covered living areas.
A modern hurricane-proof house with an expansive outdoor entertaining area that includes a lawn, swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, and covered living areas.

Missile-impact windows that can resist 150 mph winds offer protected visual transparency over the ocean.

A modern hurricane-proof house with missile?impact windows that can resist 150 mph winds.
A modern hurricane-proof house with missile?impact windows that can resist 150 mph winds.

The interiors of the home have been designed to be like the inside of a shell: pure and elegant. Sustainable materials and no/low-VOC finishes have been paired with FSC-certified wood accents throughout adding texture and warmth to the otherwise abstract shell.

A modern dining room with a fireplace and large wood table.

Subtle whites and greys echo the surrounding clouds, while in one of the bedrooms, a hidden television lowers down from the ceiling, and a door opens to a balcony.

A modern bedroom with a hidden television that lowers down from the ceiling.
A modern hurricane-proof home with balconies.

Here’s a look at the structure of the home.

The structure of a modern hurricane proof home.
Architect: © Studio PEEK|ANCONA, Matthew Peek AIA | Renata Ancona

Source: Contemporist

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