It's not everyday you see houses on stilts during your drive to work, but they do exist and not only in flood-weary areas either.
When someone says stilts, most people usually think of the tall stuntmen at the circus or fair who walk around towering over everyone. In this case, these aren't the stilts we're talking about, although these structures do often tower over other buildings of similar size built on the ground.
One facility in Chicago that's yet to be built is a secretive research center that will be built completely on stilts to ensure the confidentiality of the studies carried out there.
You can also find stilt-held treehouses and mountain-side stilted cabins. Apparently off the ground is where it's at.
From Houses on Beams to Balancing Act Treehouses
Noah's Ark Homes
The F9 Productions' Flood House Lets You Live High and Dry During a Flood
Elegant Spiraling Abodes
Toda House by Kimihiko Okada Rests on Stilts
Kenyan Hut of Stilts and Rope Bridges Makes For an Awesome Holiday
Secretive Research Architecture
Nunnmps Building On Stilts to Protect Privacy
Sustainable Childhood Fantasy Homes
J.K Rowling's Proposed 40 Ft Tree House is Fantastic
The Hyunjoon Yoo Floating House Has a Great View of the River
Tree Pod Classrooms
The Elleray Preparatory School Treehouse School Stands on Stilts
Pitched Bog Abodes
Swamp Huts by Moskow Linn Leave Little Impact on the Landscape
Home-Inspired Public Sculptures
'The House as a Metaphor' Concept Art Makes You Feel Right at Home
Tea Houses on Stilts
Terunobu Fujimori Designs The Takasugi-an in Japan
Stilted Cabin Retreats
Endemico Resguardo Silvestre is Environmentally Conscious and Luxurious
The Baumraum Treehouses are an Upgrade from Childhood
Hotels on Stilts
Angsana's InOcean Villas are Island-Free Vacations in the Maldives
Resourceful Corrugated Cabins
Shelter/Pavilion is an Efficient Emergency Abode of Material Scraps
The Hechtel-Eksel Tree House by Baumraum is Environmentally Conscious
Effortless Prefab Retreats
The Coodo 'My Home' Residences Come Furnished and Poised for Placement