The Silt House

The Thames Esturay
2015

The Silt House presents a series of future dwellings sited in the Thames Estuary which respond anthropomorphically to the seasonally flooded landscape. Buildings bury themselves in the silt and sand, deposited by the shifting currents of the river, shit themselves and are allowed to flood. The proposal explores the complex relationship we have with notions of the flood and the threat of flooding.

The project exists as a series of drawings, diagrams, models and text.

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Matthew Butcher is an academic, writer and designer. He is a partner in design practice Post Works and is the editor and founder of the architectural newspaper P.E.A.R.: Paper for Emerging Architectural Research. Matthew is also lecturer in Architecture and Performance and BSc Programme Director at the Bartlett School of Architecture. 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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