A Modernist traditional, the famous Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe was initially built with a raised platform but that has not managed to save it from floods, leading its custodians to an extreme solution: jacking the developing up when the neighboring river rises.
Per the Chicago Tribune, options under consideration consist of moving the house back away from the water’s edge or raising it permanently in place, but the two of these (argue advocates of the third option) fail to protect the framework in its planned context.
As ArchDaily reviews, “The mechanism itself would use a series of trusses, which ordinarily lie flat on their side, but are raised to a vertical place by hydraulic rams when a flood is detected. The price of putting in the program is estimated at $ 2.5 million – $ 3 million.”
The least expensive option would be to move the residence away from the river, but that, in flip, takes away its crucial views and a essential driver of its raised and cantilevered form – envision, if you will, shifting Falling Water away from the river more than which it sits.
The favored alternative may possibly sound far-fetched, and raises preservation concerns, like: what lengths should we go to in order to save extensively-studied buildings, and how justified is their position in background books in the 1st area if their structural design and style attributes such flaws?