Architecture & Design: 'Australia Underwater Ocean Discovery Centre'

The whale is making a big splash! Architecture and Design is ‘Australia’s largest commercial architecture, building, construction and design media network’ and have published an article on the new ‘Australia Underwater Ocean Discovery Centre’ designed by Baca Architects; of whom marine contractor, Subcon, appointed as lead architects for the project. A&D wrote:‘An underwater marine observatory resembling a huge whale surfacing from the sea will soon come up off the coast of Geographe Bay in Western Australia.’ ‘Designed by London-based architecture studio, Baca Architects for marine contractor, Subcon, the $30-million Australian Underwater Discovery Centre (AUDC) will be Australia’s largest natural marine observatory on completion. Located two hours to the south of Perth, the new marine observatory will be built at the end of Busselton Jetty, two kilometres out at sea, replacing an existing observatory that has reached capacity.’ ‘From the three designs developed by Baca Architects, the Cetacean design mimicking a whale emerging from the water was selected through a public voting process.’ ‘Construction on the AUDC is expected to begin in the middle of this year, with the underwater centre to open by December 2022. Once operational, the marine observatory is expected to draw more than 900,000 visitors annually.’ ‘The AUDC aims to become the world’s biggest natural marine observatory, complete with an underwater trail and dining facilities among others. Describing the approach to the observatory, the press statement says that guests will be taken ‘through a landscaped sequence from their moment of arrival, where they will leave their car behind in a park graced with rain gardens’.’ Read the full article here​

Dezeen: 'Australia Underwater Ocean Discovery Centre'

'The Australian marine observatory by Baca Architects [appointed as lead architects by Subcon] will resemble a whale emerging from wayer' is the headline used by Dezeen to cover the press-release of our Underwater Ocean Discovery Centre destined for western Australia. Dezeen wrote: ‘Baca Architects is a London architecture studio founded by Coutts in 2003. While the AUDC marks its foray into underwater architecture, the firm is familiar with building on the water and creating flood-resilient structures.’ Read the full article here​

Flood Resilient Homes - COMPLETE!

This week, we are delighted to share some photos of our newly constructed Flood Resilient Houses in Stratford-upon-Avon!.With this, we also bring you an article by STIR World which describes the implimented flood defence strategies and showcase some extra details. Excerpt from the article below:.‘Their designs for 11-high quality homes have regenerated a brownfield flood-risk site that has laid inactive for over a decade, relieving the effects of inundation in an Environment Agency Flood Zone 2 and 3 designated area.’ - STIR World.You can read the full article here:.https://www.stirworld.com/see-features-baca-architects-elevate-residences-above-flood-risked-site-in-stratford-uk.And view the project in full here:.Baca Architects - Flood Resilient Homes

The Clubhouse - Norfolk Luxury Wellness Resort

It’s the time for the second post in the double-bill this week!As the month of November has seemingly passed faster than you say ‘Norfolk Luxury Wellness Resort’, we already find ourselves at the penultimate post of the series!Now, we bring you the Ashwicken Lake Clubhouse!Sitting within the perimeter of the lake and accessible by bridge, the clubhouse hosts a range of activities for holiday-goers and locals alike. Activities such as, yoga, swimming, sauna, massage, physio and luxury dining.The Clubhouse also features a deep decking area which people can use to sun-bath, jump into the lake or just explore the surrounding lake environment from different vantage points.One of the key-selling points of this Clubhouse is it’s retractable swimming pool roof. On a beautiful summers day in Norfolk, the pool roof can be fully retracted so that pool-loungers can bask directly in the sun and swimmers can feel safe swimming directly ‘in the middle of the lake’.Make sure to follow @bacaarchitects to see which typology will conclude our Luxury Wellness Resort series, next week! We promise, you won’t be disappointed!Find out more about our Luxury Wellness Resort at:https://wickenwater.com/

Floating Villas - Norfolk Luxury Wellness Resort

The Baca Team have been busy recently! Stretched between the continents of North America and Oceania last week, we now return [much!] closer to home this week and find ourselves back in Norfolk.To catch-up with the Norfolk Luxury Wellness Resort series, this week we’ll be having a double-bill!First up this week, we have the Floating Villas!Hosting two storeys, the first floor level is dedicated entirely to a luxurious living space, for a family of up to 6, to function comfortably with the back-drop of an elevated view out across the Ashwicken Lake that is suitable for any family occasion!A mix of single and double sized bedrooms occupy the lower level and benefit from a more intimate connection with the lake water-level - but rest-assured, these are ‘Floating’ Villas, so you needn’t worry about any unexpected baths!Follow @bacaarchitects to see which typology we have to share with you from Ashwicken Lake next.Find out more about our Luxury Wellness Resort at:https://wickenwater.com/

Floating Lodges - Norfolk Luxury Wellness Resort

It’s Week 2 of the ‘Luxury Wellness Resort’ @bacaarchitects Instagram series!This week we are sharing some images of our Floating Lodges.Similar to our ‘Resilient Villas’, which you can see from last weeks’ post, the Floating Lodges feature a gable roof and host panoramic views out to the centre and across the Ashwicken Lake from the comfort of the warmly detailed and decorated interior living spaces.These Floating Lodges, arranged in clusters around the perimeter of the lake cater for groups of holiday-goers in parties requiring up to 3-Bedrooms.During the event of high rainfall or flood, these buildings rise and fall with the lake water level - meaning that whatever the weather outside you can be sure to stay dry inside!Follow @bacaarchitects to see which typology we have to share with you from Ashwicken Lake next week.Find out more about our Luxury Wellness Resort at:https://wickenwater.com/​

Resilient Villas - Norfolk Luxury Wellness Resort

The team at Baca Architects have wanted to share more images from our Luxury Wellness Resort project in Norwich for some time now.So we’ve decided to dedicate the whole month of November (and possibly beyond) to sharing some images of the different building typologies that will occupy the ‘Ashwicken Lake’.Pictured this week are the ‘Resilient Villas’!These villas are raised on stilts and located around the periphery of the lake. By raising the villas on stilts, in the event of a flood, water can pass underneath the building without causing harm to the villas or their inhabitants.Follow @bacaarchitects to see which typology we have to share with you from Ashwicken Lake next week.Find out more about our Luxury Wellness Resort at:https://wickenwater.com/​

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.

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