Amphibious House Airs on Grand Designs

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October saw the anticipated debut of the UK’s first Amphibious House, designed by Baca, on C4’s Grand Designs show.  The family home on the banks of the River Thames in Marlow, that rises in its dock to float in the event of a flood, is a major breakthrough for British architects and engineers who have been searching for a solution to mitigate flood-risk.

Highlights of the show included the successful passing of the float test and the site under water during last winter’s terrible national flooding.  With this winter approaching and the potential for the first flood on the site of the newly-built house, it may not be long before the Amphibious House rises to the occasion.

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Luxury Home Begins On-site

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161-Garden View alt colourWork has begun on-site for a high-end home in an attractive area in north of England.  The five-bedroom residence will combine energy-saving technology with top-of-the-range luxury living.  The four-storey home, featuring a sizeable basement, will include a home cinema, games room, dressing room and jacuzzi in its 7,000sqft of living space.

Clad in Ashlar stone and designed to meet CfSH Level 4, this opulent home will boast high-performance double-glazing, natural ventilation, under floor heating and Photovoltaic solar slates.  The landscaped garden includes stone and lawned stepped terraces, reminiscent of an amphitheatre, with an attractive water feature cascading down its centre.

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Brook Street Ready For Resilience

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Baca’s Brook Street flood-resilient home is close to completion and will be ready to welcome it’s family-owners in time for Christmas.  The main structure has been completed with finishing touches to the interior and landscape now underway.

The elevated building, located in an historic Oxfordshire village, is situated next to a brook that can flood during periods of heavy rain.  During a flood, water is conveyed underneath the house, yet in dry periods its elevated nature means the house appears to float above the surrounding wildflower meadow.  The sculpted landscape enables water storage and provides a gradual warning of an approaching flood.

The family home is low in profile and simple in form with a nod to converted barns in the area; the series of interlocking buildings, clad in timber, glass and steel, provide open-plan living space that also manages to maintain the intimacy of separate rooms.

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Work Begins on West Devon Home


149-Exterior South View-Lo res149-Site PhotoWork has begun on-site for a modern five-bedroom family home in picturesque West Devon.  Located on an old farmyard overlooking Dartmoor National Park, the edgy home is designed to sit in harmony with the landscape and the surviving outhouses.  The original granary will be completely refurbished to become part of the accommodation, accessed via a covered glass walkway from the main kitchen.

Natural materials will be employed, with an emphasis on local stone to soften the modern form and create sympathy with the granary, and combine with extensive highly insulated glass that will allow generous natural lighting and fantastic views across the stunning countryside.  An innovative Sustainable Drainage System will not only enable effective rainwater collection and harvesting, channeling the water down a stepped promenade under the walkway between the house and the granary, but also create a feature rainwater pond.

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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.


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Architecture Review – Water & Architecture

Architecture ReviewThe Architecture Review ‘Water & Architecture’ video series has now gone live to coincide with the debates coming up at the Old Royal Naval College. It is good to see and hear the issues and opportunities being seriously discussed.

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Presenting to China at the TCPA

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The Practice is delighted to have been asked to present to a group of visiting Chinese officials on Monday the 27th of October at the Town and Country Planning Association.  The twenty Chinese delegates, largely from Guangzhou’s Zengcheng District, are local government officials working in the areas of water, planning, land resources and environmental bureaus.  The presentation will focus on the Practice’s specialist expertise of designing with water. Baca projects that will be discussed include:

- The award-winning LifE Project (Long-term Initiatives for Flood risk Environments) for DEFRA
– Flood resilient typologies, including our Amphibious House, Elevated House and Hybrid House
Island Veur Lent, Netherlands – Holland’s most ambitious room for the River Project, designed by Baca and Winner of Best Global Masterplan at MIPIM 2014
Zac Seine, Paris – the Practice’s proposals for a France’s largest new scheme, a flood resilient district of 4,500 new units and a new park.
Future City, Shanghai – a life study for a speculative city of £1 billion in Shanghai featured in our new book, ‘Aquatecture‘, published by RIBA Publishing in the New Year



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