Concept Sketches: The Clubhouse

From idea to conception, here is how our ‘Clubhouse’ went from pen, to paper, to [soon-to-be] reality for our luxury leisure wellness spa and resort in Norfolk.

New E-Magazine: Property Flood Resilience

Out this week, the newly updated version Mary Dhonau's E-Magazine 'Property Flood Resilience', is now available online.

The magazine highlights the real value of the practical steps people can take to reduce the impact of flooding on their homes and businesses.

You can find the magazine at the link below:

Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop

​Salcombe Rise

Planning consent has been granted for the 2nd Amphibious House in the UK in the seaside town of Salcombe. The innovative scheme, includes the construction of a new flood resistant dwelling within the envelope of an old stone store building and the replacement of a small boat shed with an elegant amphibious studio as part of the overall dwelling. Check Salcombe Video Here The first amphibious house was featured on ‪Grand Designs Season 16 Episode 8 – The Floating House: Revisited, and has been published in numerous articles.     ​

Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop

​Tonight: Grand Designs Revisits The Amphibious House, 9pm C4 

One year on from the original show, Kevin McCloud returns tonight to discover what has happened with one of the most ambitious Grand Designs ever – the UK’s first Amphibious House.The fully completed building is revealed to the cameras and put through its paces to find out if it floats. The owners of this remarkable residence show how they have settled into their stunning and distinctive home. The couple’s dream of living in a flood-prone location with strict planning constraints was made possible by the construction the UK’s first amphibious house – a building that rests on the ground on fixed foundations but, whenever a flood occurs, rises up in its dock and floats there buoyed by the water. You can catch the story of this pioneering building, see how it has progressed and watch new landmark events since its completion tonight at 9pm on C4.                 ​

Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop

​Grand Designs Magazine Amphibious House Feature Out Now

November’s issue of Grand Designs Magazine is on the shelves now, featuring the story of the UK’s first Amphibious House, designed by Baca Architects.  The article tells the clients’ story from planning through to construction of the special amphibious design and recalls the floods of 2014 which held up construction. The success of the design of the house, as well as its pioneering flood-resilient nature, is captured in the stunning photography accompanying the article. This forward-thinking project will hopefully form the benchmark for other amphibious properties around the country as people seek to protect their homes from flooding.  Further details can be found on p61-67 of November’s Grand Designs Magazine.Robert Barker will be presenting this and other amphibious designs in a seminar called ‘Amphibious Housing UK – a fail safe solution to flooding’ on Thursday 15th October at 14:00 to 14:30 in the Marshalls Theatre, at The Flood Expo 2015, hosted in the Excel Centre, London.                 ​

Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop

​Vote For The Amphibious House!

Voting opened this week for the prestigious International Design and Architecture Awards 2015, with our Amphibious House shortlisted in the Residential Architectural Property category.  Hosted by UK interior design magazine, design et al, the awards aim to commend design, recognise talent, create opportunities and quite simply to offer inspiration. If you would like to vote on the awards and for the Amphibious House, please click on the banner below to visit where your selections can be made.  We wish the best of luck to all shortlisted projects!       ​

Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop

Vision Event London 2-3 June 2015

Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop. The annual Vision event returns to London’s Olympia next week, bringing together architects, specifiers, clients and suppliers to discuss, debate and showcase the latest innovations and developments in architecture, design and the built environment.  Through a series of lectures, live debates and practical seminars, alongside an exhibition of cutting-edge products, Vision will provide the meeting place for professionals connected to the built environment. The practice’s Richard Coutts will be speaking at the Amphibious & Flood-Resilient Homes workshop at 13.00 on the 3rd of June.  Under discussion will be the completed Baca-designed  Amphibious House on the banks of the Thames in Buckinghamshire plus a new generation of floating and flood-resilient homes.  Richard will also present other measures for protecting buildings from damage from flooding, including the demonstration flood-resilient building, in conjunction with Aquobex, planned for the BRE Innovation Park in Watford. Amphibious & Flood-Resilient Homes workshopDate: 3rd JuneTime: 13.00 – 14.00Location: Innovation In Architecture & Design Theatre      

Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop

UK's Debut Amphibious HouseRises to Awards

The UK’s first Amphibious House has been making waves since being featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs show. This unique, Baca-designed home has attracted widespread attention and has already been won a Gold Award in the 2014 London Design Awards. An amphibious house is one that rests on the ground on fixed foundations but rises up within its dock to be buoyed by the water in the event of a flood. The float test will be performed soon and with the coming flood season approaching, many eyes will be watching to see if the Amphibious House’s special capabilities will be needed so soon.      



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