A greenhouse ‘that grows legs’, designed by a Lincolnshire architect, is to feature in Channel 4’s ‘Shed of the Year’ this Friday, August 5.
Market Rasen’s David Di Duca, co-founder of BAT Studio, built the greenhouse in Wraysbury, Middlesex – an area at regular risk of flooding.
Constructed on a steel frame, the building has four integral hydraulic legs, enabling the building to autonomously rise to nearly one metre above the ground if a flood warning has been issued.
The design team, led by BAT Studio, included structural and agricultural engineers with specialist knowledge in hydraulics and mechanisms.
They believe this small building is the first to have been completed utilising this concept.
Greenhouse owners Erica and Peter initially contacted innovative architects BAT Studio with the idea of a floating greenhouse, but during the design process the team decided a ‘lifting’ building offered many more advantages.
When a flood warning is issued, the owners can pack the building with furniture and possessions at risk of damage and safely raise the greenhouse via remote control.
Nicknamed ‘The Raisebury’ by its owners because of its location and function, the greenhouse was nominated for a RIBA South Award for its innovative design.
Jonty Craig, co-founder of BAT Studio said: “This put our small building up against multi million pound projects, showing you do not need to spend a fortune to create good architecture.”
After the success of ‘the greenhouse that grows legs’, BAT Studio now hopes to build houses using a similar design.