Flood Plain House

When it comes to areas to avoid when buying or making a house is concern, flood plains have to be right up there at the top of the list. That is the case unless you’ve got a clever and innovative architect at the helm designing the dwelling to withstand the typical problems associated with this type of living. Say hello to the Flood Plain House from architect, Paul Hirzel.


Hirzel is a Washington State based architect who has a thoroughly impressive back catalogue of work behind him but it is his magnificent looking, and wonderfully inventive, Flood Plain House that has caught our eye at Coolector HQ and, if you’re a fan of clever architectural designs, then prepare to be impressed.

High and Dry

The design of the Flood Plain House was conceived to minimise the impact that it would have on the vineyard landscape in which it is situated on the banks of the Potlatch River. It does a first rate job of looking like a natural addition to its surroundings and this is something that has been accomplished through the clever use of materials in its construction.



As you would expect given its proximity to the waterfront, the Flood Plain House is elevated 12 feet from the ground via the use of four concrete pillars which will keep out the flood waters (not to mention the local wildlife) should a torrential downpour in the area be experienced and the whole aesthetic of the construction is a sight to behold.

Design Perfection

The stand out design feature with the Flood Plain House has to be the stunning Galvalume metal exterior which spreads outwards to deliver a cantilever decking area situated directly over the water below. It’s not just the exterior of the property that excels, however, with the interior design elements being equally as impressive throughout.



Wood prevails with the interiors with understated pine finishes and exposed timber framing coming together to create a cool, seamless interior which is sure to appeal to those who love minimalist living and visuals. A truly spectacular piece of architectural design, made all the more impressive by where it has been constructed.

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