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  5. Margot Krasojevic Architects
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  7. Margot Krasojević Designs Self-Excavation Hurricane House

Margot Krasojević Designs Self-Excavation Hurricane House

Margot Krasojević Designs Self-Excavation Hurricane House
Margot Krasojević Designs Self-Excavation Hurricane House, Courtesy of Margot Krasojević Architects
Courtesy of Margot Krasojević Architects

From futuristic architect Dr. Margot Krasojević comes an unheard of design solution for hurricanes called the Self-Excavation Hurricane House. By using the storms force and a helicoid retaining wall, the structure digs itself into its intentionally designed landscape.

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Courtesy of Margot Krasojević Architects

The residential program is held within a precast reinforced concrete superstructure frame. When the hurricane’s eyewall hits, the wind force moves the superstructure along the helicoid retaining wall and excavation begins. Hydraulic column lifts pivot the house. A reinforced concrete core acts as the buildings anchor, sitting atop a cable grid foundation. Inside, flexible rubber-coated concertina wall sections adapt to the buildings rotation.

Courtesy of Margot Krasojević Architects
Courtesy of Margot Krasojević Architects
Courtesy of Margot Krasojević Architects
Courtesy of Margot Krasojević Architects

For this design, the landscape is arguably as important as the structure. The house is encompassed by an artificial wetland island to repel flood water, similar to a bioswale. Excavated ground is pushed away from the building via a sixty-four timber section irrigation system. With the drainage system at work, this project aids land reclamation and water purification.

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Courtesy of Margot Krasojević Architects

As the building moves into place it mirrors the hurricanes movements. The storm passes over and around the building while simultaneously dissipating.

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Courtesy of Margot Krasojević Architects

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Cite: Lindsey Leardi. "Margot Krasojević Designs Self-Excavation Hurricane House" 14 Jan 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/886706/margot-krasojevic-designs-self-excavation-hurricane-house/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Margot Krasojević 设计的自发掘暴风住宅