A big thank you to everyone who managed to make it down to our stand for another successful Grand Designs show. We truly appreciate all the positive feedback about this year’s stand, with our traditional handmade models and the 3D models created by our new 3D printer attracting much attention.
The team was delighted to aid a fresh set of grand dreams on their first steps towards becoming real grand designs. Over 600 drawings were sketched over the course of the show, as visitors’ individual visions were brought to life in front of their eyes.
We’re already looking forward to next year. Thanks again, hope to see you at the next event…
The Baca Team
Designing for water was the topic as George Clarke chaired a discussion with Baca’s Robert Barker and Andrew Scrace in the Grand Designs Live Theatre. With the subject of water, in abundance and absence, having risen in importance due to increased flooding and the issue of climate change, many visitors to the show attended the talk that laid out options for tackling designing for water effectively. Alongside the Baca-designed amphibious house that featured on Grand Designs in October 2014, the first of its kind in the UK, next generation designs and alternatives that are already in the pipeline were presented to the audience. The practice’s reputation for water-based design was drawn on as solutions ranging from flood-protection measures to safeguard existing homes from damage to developing large-scale flood-resilient communities were also discussed during the session. If you would like to discuss whether an amphibious house may be a solution for you, or other flood-resilient options, please call the practice on 020 7397 5620.
A large crowd came to see Richard Coutts respond to some challenging briefs at this years Live Design Workshop. Now a firm fixture on the show’s line-up, the hour-long session features an overhead camera, capturing the live action as vague visions come to life as pencil sketches.
Over ten metres of paper were scribbled through on the stage. Highlights from attendee’s dream homes that were sketched live by Baca’s Richard Coutts included: a house for a lady and her ten cats, a design for a subterranean swimming pool and a house in the middle of a forest.
If you would like to learn more about the design process during the early stages of a project or to have your dream home drawn live by our professional illustrator director or another member of our experienced team, we’ll be back again at the next Grand Designs Live, either in the Theatre or on the Baca stand. Hope to see you there next year.
Hundreds of visitors to the 2015 live show had their initial ideas sketched-out by Richard Coutts and the Baca team during the Live Design Workshop or on our stand. Here is a selection of some of the exciting and varied design briefs we tackled in 2015.
One of Grand Design’s favourites – Baca Architects are returning to Grand Designs Live for the 5th consecutive year. Maintaining their 100% Planning record for 11 years, the practice’s reputation and service continues to grow. This year sees:
- The Grand unveiling of the new and improved Baca stand – bigger and better than before!
- Back by popular demand, Baca’s Richard Coutts will ‘Draw my Dream Home’ – in the Grand Theatre on Friday the 8th May, and
- on Sunday the 2nd of May, TV Architect George Clarke, will speak to Baca’s Robert Barker about the Series 14 favourite and one of the most ambitious Grand Designs ever – the Amphibious House.
In 2014, Baca made the shortlist of 5 for the UK’s top one-off house designer. They also scooped a host of awards, including London Design Gold, Brick Award and
If you are building close to water, or by a flood plain, (and still have nightmares about last winter’s horrendous wet weather) this is particularly the firm for you. Baca is the UK’s most respected and preminent architectural practice for “aquatecture”, offering cutting-edge ideas and advice on how to ensure your new property is both flood resistant and gorgeous.
Check-out Baca Architects’ award-winning green – and blue – credentials on stand B28 in the BUILD section, where its team of talented draughtsmen will be offering a FREE sketching service to help visitors turn their grand design ideas into reality on paper.
Featured on Grand Designs Series 14, the UK’s first amphibious house is complete and our client’s are now enjoying scenic views of the River Thames. Winner of the Gold Award in the 2014 London Design Awards. Even before it was finished, the house has continued to draw international interest, most recently featuring in Harvard University’s design magazine, Huffington Post – New York and has appeared on French and Japanese TV; as well as BBC and ITV news here in the UK.
New flood resilient projects include a new generation of Can-float houses in Shepperton, Salcombe, Worcester and a very special flood resilient house in Henley.
The practice is also honoured to have been asked to write the very first Flood-Aware Design Chapter featured in the Essentials section of the new (Fifth Edition) Metric Handbook.
And finally the practice’s first independent book titled Aquatecture: Buildings and cities designed to live and work with water will hit the shelves later this year.