Flood House is a prototype structure that is both a practical and poetic investigation into the living conditions of a seasonally flooded landscape. It functions as part projected future dwelling and part practical laboratory, monitoring the very particular weather conditions of the Thames Estuary in southeast England.
The structure was moored at various sites in the Estuary in April and May 2016 when it drifted from mudflat to mudflat as if in a future flooded landscape.
Matthew Butcher, designer and tutor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, has designed Flood House. He worked with curator Jes Fernie and Focal Point Gallery in Southend on a programme of commissions and public events developed in response to the project.
Ruth Ewan's weathervane is located onboard Flood House and forms a dialogue with audiences from afar while Joanna Quinn's short story sets up a narrative about a potential inhabitant of the structure.
Flood House is part of the Radical Essex programme which aims to re-examine the history of Essex in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture.
In Autumn 2016 Flood House was sited on the roof of the Art House Foundation in Hackney, London.