Baca Architects shortlisted for the 2016 British Homes Awards’ flood-resistant house contest

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Baca Architects is shortlisted for this year’s British Homes Awards.

The shortlist was judged by a high-profile jury chaired by Robert Adam of ADAM Architecture. It included AJ editorial director Paul Finch, Jo McCafferty of Levitt Bernstein, BRE chief executive Peter Bonfield and architect Lynne Sullivan.

The annual awards, is backed by the Sunday Times.

Read more about it here http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/finalists-named-in-british-homes-awards-flood-resistant-house-contest/10009716.fullarticle

Working with Yoo

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Working with the bespoke international house developers Yoo, Baca Architects are developing several exceptionally beautiful holiday villas for clients on the private Lakes estate in the Cotswolds.

The Lakes by Yoo gives clients the opportunity to design and own their own individual designer paradise home on the shore of a pristine lake surrounded by natural woodland. Several clients have chosen to work with Baca Architects to bring their own very personal vision to life and the bespoke contemporary approach Baca Architects brings to each house project allows clients to let their imaginations run wild.

Current bespoke lakeside home designs by Baca Architects include a 6000sqm super luxury residents, a curved home where all internal spaces flow together without any hard edges and a pool house home (pictured) with infinity pool overlooking the lake, basement super car garage and an interlocking glass form maximizing views out over the rolling countryside.

Baca Beach Huts

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Baca Architects are reinstating an historic line of beach huts along a stretch of coastal path near Littlehampton. The Baca Beach Huts have an enviable location overlooking a wide sandy beach and rolling surf and with an iconic design by Baca Architects the new huts live up to their stunning location.

The collection of huts is a contemporary twist on the classic timber beach hut form and together the Baca Beach Huts create a varied and interesting landscape along the costal path.

Each Baca Beach Hut will form a holiday haven for the occupants with a natural silvered timber exterior finish that gives each hut the appearance of interesting piece of driftwood washed up on a distant shore. And a traditional pastel coloured interior reveals itself at the entrance of a wind-protected porch. Internally the beach hut features carefully designed foldable objects that add to the holiday vibe.

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Apples and Cantilevers

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Appearing to hover over the unspoilt salt estuary the Blackwater House is a 200sqm flood resilient dwelling cantilevered over the garden from its staircase entrance. The house is raised above the one in 1000 year flood level and below the house the garage and walled garden are protected from a one in 100 year flood by a protective bund wall that wraps around the garden and driveway.

The house is situated in its own overgrown orchard and replaces an historic orchard keeper’s cottage lost in the previous century. Outside of the protected manicured garden very limited intervention will be made to the landscape that currently provides home for a number of animal and bird species. The planting of new fruit trees to complete the traditional grid pattern will keep alive the sites history as an orchard and provide further sources of food for the current animal and bird populations.

Arranged over one level the home has a variety of different shaped and sized spaces including a wrap-around balcony overlooking the creek and nature reserve. Sliding metal screens of an intricate pattern provides privacy and solar screening to internal spaces and the shiny metal surface creates a play of light similar to the sunlight on the mud flats when viewed externally.

Is it a house? Is it a boat?

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Is it a house? Is it a boat? No, it’s a brand new Floating Home.

Baca Architects have teamed up with Floating Homes Ltd to successfully bring to market a new insurable Floating Home. Designed exclusively by Baca Architects the ‘Chichester’ model home can be viewed bobbing peacefully in the Chichester Canal surrounded by ducks and Lillie pads.

The ‘Chichester’ model provides a spacious two-bedroom home and features an open-plan living room and kitchen with an 180˚ aspect of the canal and towpath and a generous roof terrace for afternoons spent lounging in the sun.

Constructed using lightweight structural insulated panels the home is highly insulated, low energy in use and fit for the challenges of the twenty-first century. Externally finished in rainscreen panels the home is available in a wide range of colours and materials that can be individually tailored to your tastes.

Delivered by truck and craned into place the homes constructed off-site and delivered in as little as three months from ordering. Starting at £225k for the entry-level model the ‘Chichester’ floating homes are sailing out the door fast.

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Draw My Dream Home On Stand B80

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Join us on Stand B80 at this year’s Grand Designs Live as the Baca team returns for another year to translate visitors’ dreams into visual concepts.   The service, now a regular feature of the Baca presence, attracts hundreds of visitors each year.

Our trained draftsmen specialise in interpreting loose thoughts and ideas into elegant depictions. The value of seeing ideas turned into physical designs is not only helpful for visitors at the embryonic stages of their own grand designs, but can also serve as a practical brief for builders.

If you would like to have your dream home take the first steps to becoming a reality, please drop-in to stand B80. Alternatively, to pre-book a session with one of our team, email atsestos@baca.uk.com with details of the project and a preferred time during the show. The Baca office can also be reached on 020 7397 5620.

Drawing Crowds To The ‘Live Design Workshop’

Back by popular demand Richard will again be drawing the crowd to his popular workshop at the Grand Designs ‘Grand Theatre’ on Saturday the 7th of May at 12noon. Richard will discuss how to compile your dream home brief and will be sketching in front of the audience.

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Drawing Crowds To The ‘Live Design Workshop’

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Professional illustrator and practice director Richard Coutts will be back sketching and talking the audience through how to create a professional design brief at the Grand Designs ‘Grand Theatre’ on Saturday the 7th of May at 12noon. During the annual one-hour live session, Richard demonstrates how to compile your brief and explains what is involved in the design process during the early stages of a project.

Richard has been running this popular workshop since the first Grand Designs Live, with overhead cameras capturing the process and projecting it in real-time onto the main screen for the all to see. He and the Baca team produced over 500 complimentary sketches for visitors to the Baca stand at last year’s show.