Baca is an award-winning architecture practice with an integrated environmental, landscape and design approach, specialising in building in, on or near water. The interaction of water and the built environment offer the opportunity to consider how engineering and aesthetics come together to create wonderful spaces. Over a decade of practice has evolved 5 disciplines of expertise: homes, technology, masterplanning, research and international development. This enables a holistic and intelligent approach to each project regardless of scale or complexity.




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

Watermarks, RSAW Spring School

Baca were extremely pleased to be invited to speak at Watermarks, the Spring School of the Royal Society of Architects Wales.  The conference had a fantastic programme offering insight into “Architecture in a fluid world” curated by Mary Wrenn. Geraldine Holland, Architect at Baca, spoke on behalf of the practice. Professor Jessica Lamond, Flood Risk Management at University of West of England, chaired the event, starting with an introductory presentation offering her extensive insight into working in flood risk.  Lamond is an old friend to Baca Architects, having collaborated on the LifE project (Long-term initiatives for Flood-risk Environments) while she was at Defra over 10 years ago, as well as the World Flood Handbook. The first of several ‘inspiration hour’ talks was by Jankirk Hoekstra, Advisor and Landscape Architect, H+N+S Landschapsarchitecten, Amersfoort.  Hoekstra gave a lively and informative presentation into the history of human intervention in flood resilience in Holland.  “In a country where more than half the land is at or below sea level, flooding is a constant vulnerability for The Netherlands. Landscape architecture design office H+N+S describe their work as ‘engineering art’, contributing to a meaningful relationship between people and the environment” This history of sustainable approaches to construction to harmoniously inhabit a natural world place the Netherlands at the forefront of building for flood resilience and the UK look to their neighbour for insight into how to inform our practice here.Baca’s presentation touched on their vision of a world living harmoniously with the natural environment and change in climate, and how this vision is shared by Waterstudio, dutch based practice led by Koen Olthius.   Geraldine Holland presentated 3 Baca case studies to illustrate the practical approach that Baca has evolved in looking to a future increasingly threatened by flood. In researching and studying flood environments over a decade, Baca are incrementally advancing changes in approach, step by step.  This is a multi-pronged approach, starting with their design and planning guidance, going on to roles advising on policy with a firm basis in piloting the UK’s first amphibious house and other flood resilient construction methods. The Amphibious House is a favourite project of the practice and is perhaps the most well-known for having featured on television programme Grand Designs.  This pioneering approach has led to other innovations.  The Shipston Road development of 11 homes regenerates a brownfield site in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon, which is flood zones 2 and 3. The careful neighbourhood planning, landscape and infrastructure design and construction methods come together in a highly technical strategy to ensure safe and dry homes in a beautiful residential environment where fluctuating water levels are celebrated in the gardens and recreation spaces.  Tyram Lakes takes Baca Architects expertise into another dimension, that of a floating eco resort for a 5* leisure destination. The hotel has a fully integrated flood resilient strategy for building in Flood Zone 2. The floating lodges inhabit the lakes. The development regenerates a former industrial site to a flourishing natural environment for wildlife. Following this shared presentation described the changes to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea: ‘From waterside development to tidal lagoon – reflections on the ambitions of a city by the sea and the wider region.  Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability and Engagement, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea, and Pierre Wassenaar, Director, Head of Technology and Innovation Stride Treglown Architects, Cardiff told of their experience in the development of a fantastic piece of city, on the edge of the sea, is being reinvented as university campus. Finally, Simonetta Cenci and Alfonso Femia, of Ateliers Alsfonso Femia, gave an inspiring lecture on their multi-scale approach to architecture - simultaneously studying the wider city whilst crafting fine details of public space. Their presentation of Genoa as a changing waterfront port city demonstrated the practices ability to balance poetic and technical thinking. The Marseille project ‘Les Docks’ illustrates the practice as both fine artists, strategic urban planners and respectful community and heritage renovators. The site of Portmeirion was an absolute delight. The famous Welsh hospitality lived up to it’s name and the warmest welcome in Sir Clough William-Ellis’s stunning architectural icon. We hope to return next year!  ​

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

​Big announcement coming soon

Baca Architects and Craft: Pegg Landscape Architects have won a major UK competition of national importance. It’s very different to what we’re best known for plus it’s funded by the Chancellor.  More news coming soon.                                 ​

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

​104 Bedroom hotel in South Yorkshire

Baca have commenced designs for a new eco-friendly hotel and spa resort in South Yorkshire. The Tyram Lakes Hotel and Spa will offer a unique luxury experience where visitors get back to nature in a resort that will minimize its impact on the environment. The hotel is being considered with several site-specific renewable power and heat generation systems and will be 70% off grid. The resort will form a completely closed water system without connection to mains water. Director Richard Coutts said: “We are creating a hotel that is good for you and for the environment. It makes me feel good.”  The hotel provides 104 luxury rooms, fine dining restaurant, conferencing and meeting facilities, pool, superior spa and state-of-the-art gym, and picturesque party and wedding venue. Suites and a top floor bar provide panoramic views of the lakes and countryside beyond. Conferencing in the countryside will be a perfect space to free the mind and think those big ideas. The spa will feature an outdoor, and indoor swimming pool, six treatment rooms, and deep relaxation spaces. Guests will also be able to enjoy wild swimming in the lake.                                ​

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

​Baca's retrospective in Dezeen

Baca Architects have been featured in Dezeen as part of their x MINI Living video series. This retrospective explores the “Aquatecture” of Baca Architects, which includes plans for floating houses, villages and even a Grand Prix track.   This article highlights Baca’s interest in research and innovation which has driven the practice to its current position as one of the most innovative architectural practices in the UK.  To watch the video, click on following link                               ​



Baca have received numerous awards from the project and research work from national organisations such as the RIBA and international organisations such as IULA. Prestigious awards include: the RIBA Presidents award for research, Urban Research Group-Practice of the year, Waterways Renaissance Award, International Urban Landscape Award and EU Regio Star Award.

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12-13 Sep 2018

For the last decade Baca Architects have been championing theory and practice in flood mitigation. The practice has had endless ideas as to how society can live more safely and comfortably with water but have met many obstacles. '10 years: 10 steps forward' charts this process through policy and technical advancements, supplementary planning guidance, built work (our amphibious houses and others) and a new mass housing; sharing advice for the future


Royal Institute of British Architects
British Chambers of Commerce
Urban Design Group

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21-23 November 2018




21-23 Nov 2018

12 Dec 2018


Baca secures planning for Tyram Lakes Hotel and Spa


Baca Architects have secured planning permission for a £25 million eco-sustainable luxury Hotel and Spa in South Yorkshire.

12 Dec 2018


Baca director awarded RIBA fellowship


Baca director Richard Coutts was recently awarded an RIBA fellowship for his work with water and flood mitigation.

7th March 2019



Baca director Richard Coutts is in Oslo this week to give a keynote talk titled ‘Aquatecture: The Oslo Fjord as a resource for urban development. Oslo is an exciting city for Baca with its extensive waterfront and coastline. Expanding the city and its activities can include reclaiming new waterfront areas and developing floating buildings within the fjord.  A city-wide masterplan view can inform this.

Richard is joined by Eirik Lae Solberg who is a candidate for the Governing Mayor in the city’s September 2019 elections

The event is being held on Thursday 7 March at Cappelens Forslag, Bernt Ankers Gate 4, 0183 Oslo, Norway at 18.00 – 19-00 hrs. 

Baca is a research led architectural practice with an integrated environmental, landscape and design approach, specialising in building in, on or near water. The practice’s approach brings engineering and aesthetics together to help create wonderful spaces and vibrant communities.

Over a decade of practice has led to a multidisciplinary expertise: architecture, masterplanning and flood resilient design.    Each aspect of practice reinforces each other in the creation of beautiful and environmentally responsible design. The integrated approach is applied to each project regardless of its scale and complexity, from intelligent homes to smart cities. 

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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