Amphibious House Special in Grand Designs Magazine

PLANNING PITFILLS 1A special feature on the UK’s first Amphibious House, designed by Baca Architects, will be appearing in the October issue of Grand Designs Magazine. This unique residence, situated on a picturesque stretch of the River Thames in Buckinghamshire, is a major breakthrough for British architects and engineers who have been searching for many years for a solution to mitigate the risk – and damage – of water ingress to homes in flood-prone areas.

An amphibious house is 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 floodwater. The home is also a modern, highly insulated, low-energy building including large high-performance windows. The practice took great care to ensure that it is also sympathetic to the locality, a scenic spot with very strict planning guidelines.

London Open House – Forest Mews

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September saw the return of Open House London, a truly citywide celebration of the buildings, places and spaces where we live and work. Baca Director Robert Barker’s award-winning Forest Mews group of residences was one of more than 700 buildings that opened their doors to the public this year.

The annual event programme provides a unique opportunity to see, explore and learn about London’s amazing architecture and design over one weekend. This year’s selection of buildings included beautifully designed residences, innovative infrastructure projects and prestigious civic buildings, alongside a programme of neighbourhood walks, engineering and landscape tours, cycle rides and experts’ talks – all for free.

Many thanks to Robert’s wife and co-architect of Forest Mews, Jessica, and all the Open House volunteers and visitors on the day.

RIBA President’s Inauguration Dinner

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RIBA’s third female president was officially handed the reigns by outgoing president Stephen Hodder MBE earlier this month. Baca’s director Richard Coutts was invited to join the festivities at the President’s Fundraising Dinner following the Inauguration on the 16th of September, celebrating with Daniel Hoppard of The Great Interior Design Challenge and classical architect Robert Adam, amongst others.

Baca are proud to support Jane, a natural activist and seasoned RIBA champion, who particularly supports women in construction as well as championing the role of the architect in wider society.

NLA Housing Awards Nomination

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Baca’s floating entry has been shortlisted in New Ideas for Housing, a competition that seeks ideas on how to solve Greater London’s ‘housing crisis’. The New London Architecture (NLA) international competition, organised in collaboration with the Mayor of London, attracted over 200 entries from 16 countries around the world.

The competition invites innovative thinking to explore what needs to happen in the capital to improve the speed, scale and quality of housing. Buoyant Starts, a collaboration between Floating Homes Ltd and Baca Architects, addresses the issue by providing high-quality, prefabricated floating homes at an affordable price on the un-used water space of the capital.

To find out more about the competition and its entries, please follow this link.

Baca’s Floating Solution Shortlisted in NLA Housing Competition

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Baca’s entry has been shortlisted in the New Ideas for Housing competition, a contest that invites ideas to solve Greater London’s ‘housing crisis’. The New London Architecture (NLA) international competition, organised in collaboration with the Mayor of London, attracted over 200 entries from 16 countries around the world.

The competition encourages innovative thinking to explore what needs to happen in the capital to improve the speed, scale and quality of housing. Buoyant Starts, a collaboration between Floating Homes Ltd and Baca Architects, addresses the issue by providing high-quality, prefabricated floating homes at an affordable price on the un-used water space of the capital.

Ten winning ideas, selected by a distinguished jury, will be announced in mid-October. Winning submitters will be invited to join a Greater London Authority working group to examine how their ideas can be applied to real London sites to deliver future housing for the capital.

To find out more about the competition and its entries, please follow this link.

The 100 shortlisted ideas will be on display in a free public exhibition at the NLA galleries in The Building Centre from 15 October to 17 December 2015, supported by a three-month programme of talks, conferences and tours.