Bang Bang House

Canvey Island

The Bang Bang House is a theoretical dwelling located on the coast at Canvey Island in the Thames Estuary. The floating structure is moored within a metal enclosure and is allowed to float on a series of pontoons when the tide is up. When the tide is down it rests on the Canvey Mud Flats.

Within the house are a series of micro dwellings that allow inhabitants the chance to escape harsh weather conditions of the Estuary as well as the sound of the structure as it bangs around it’s ‘cage’ during hi tide. The undulating floors of the structures in the house encourage those occupying it to move as if being carried on a wave, or as if navigating across the delicate mud flats in the area.

Project by: Matthew Butcher

Assisted by: Sam Coulton, Emma De Haan and Elin Soderburgh

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Matthew Butcher is an academic and designer. He is Associate Professor in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and editor and founder of the architectural newspaper P.E.A.R.: Paper for Emerging Architectural Research. His work has been exhibited at the V&A Museum, London; Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; The Architecture Foundation, London and the Prague Quadrennial, Prague.

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