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

​Far and Wide

News of Baca’s recent awards has attracted international recognition with exciting commissions for work in Belgium, Dubai and Doncaster. Media attention has also been growing with recent coverage in France and Germany as well as closer to home. In 2014 Baca won the AR/MIPIM future masterplanning award. This has lead to commissions in Belgium and the UK. In 2015 Grand Designs revisited the Amphibious House to see the final finished building in all its working splendour. In 2015 Baca won the NLA award for ideas to tackle the housing crisis. This has lead to an invitation to design a floating village in Dubai, which the team are currently working on with ARUP international.                ​

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

Baca's 10th Birthday Bash

Clients, colleagues and friends came together to celebrate Baca’s 10th Birthday this October.  The party was a double celebration, with guests enjoying popcorn along with the canapes and wine as they watched the debut screening of the Baca-designed Amphibious House on C4s Grand Designs. The party was hosted at Director Robert Barker’s fabulous Forest Mews Home,  recently nominated for further awards for its design and innovative use of materials.  Baca would like to thank everyone who could make it on the night and has been a part of making the company the success it is today.  We look forward to the next exciting decade.      



Baca Architects is led by Richard Coutts.  We are specialised in architecture, urban planning and research related to living, working and recreation on water.



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