The D*Haus Company proposes flood-proof homage to Georgian housing

The D*Haus Company designs flood-resistant homage to Georgian architecture

The latest Dezeen x MINI Living video explores The D*Haus Company's vision for flood-resistant Georgian-style housing, which claimed first prize in our Dezeen x MINI Living Future Urban Home Competition.

The London architecture studio's contest submission, called The Kentish Classic, depicts pre-fabricated timber homes that are elevated above water level by 3D-printed concrete platforms.

The D*Haus Company developed its proposal to fulfil the brief, which called for Dezeen readers to design a home that responds to the challenges a city might face a century from now. Its design responds to a future when  city's are impacted by significant urban flooding caused by rising sea levels.

The Kentish Classic by The D*Haus Company
The Kentish Classic proposes that houses are built on 3D-printed concrete platforms

Despite the competition's futuristic premise, the studio chose to turn to the past for inspiration and proposed what The D*Haus Company describes as a "more vernacular future".

The proportions of the structures are based on traditional two-storey houses in London and are adorned with decorative motifs that reference the "exquisite Georgian facades" of homes built between the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

The Kentish Classic by The D*Haus Company
The facades of the houses are replicas of those found in Kentish Town in London

"We started to look at what London was like 100 years in the past to gauge the level of change," said David Ben-Grunberg and Daniel Woolfson, the architects behind the submission.

"100 years ago, Londoners were enjoying all the Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian housing typologies [that are still popular today]. That gives us a strong indication that in 100 years' time, a lot of London's population will still be retro fitting and adapting this historic building type," the architects told Dezeen.

The Kentish Classic by The D*Haus Company
The traditional Georgian house is given a modern twist

The houses would be constructed from plywood using computer numerically controlled (CNC) technology, which the architects say would be a much quicker and more sustainable construction method than the original brick.

"We want to recreate the Georgian look but in a completely different way," Ben-Grunberg and Woolfson said.

The Kentish Classic
The design is informed by colourful buildings found in London

The architects envision that the facades would be stained in pastel colours resembling "the [houses] that can be found in small pockets in Kentish Town, Primrose Hill and Notting Hill, which are some of the most desirable places to live in London today."

Other period details include statues and depictions of British kings George I, George II, George III and George IV, after whom the historical period is named.

"We really hope that London will still resemble London in 100 years time," said The D*Haus Company's architects.

The Kentish Classic by The D*Haus Company
Alcoves set into the facades display Georgian period statues and figures

The architects' vision for the interiors of the homes is much more modern.

Each house would feature a large timber CNC-cut staircase that "curves in and out" of the floors, which in turn are staggered to create open, double-height spaces.

The Kentish Classic by The D*Haus Company
Each house has a large timber CNC-cut staircase

Rather than a roof, the third floor would be transformed into a semi-enclosed outdoor space.

"The third floor is really a roof garden or terrace, where the user can enjoy some outside space during the floods," the architects said.

The Kentish Classic by The D*Haus Company
The floors are staggered to create open double-height spaces

The D*Haus Company's Kentish Classic concept beat over 400 competition entries from 56 different countries around the world and was selected as the winner from a shortlist of 15.

The contest is an extension of the ongoing Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative, a collaboration between Dezeen and MINI Living exploring the ideas that could shape our cities in years to come.