Other houses have been built on stilts, especially here in the U.S. for more pragmatic reasons. Take these homes for instance that were built in North Carolina's outer banks.
An area susceptible to severe storms and significant tidal surge, pilings or stilts help not only protect from continual water damage, but also facilitate relocating the homes as the shoreline erodes.
Olson Kundig Architects, have taken a novel approach to a weekend house by building it on steel stilts. This 1,000 square-foot house, which looks more like a watch tower or a hunting tower, is located near a river in a flood plain. Delta Shelter as it is called is a three story structure on a 20' x 20' footprint, and can be completely shuttered when the owner is away.
photos; Tim Bies