Baca wins ‘Practice of the Year’ at the Urban Design Group Awards

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Baca has been awarded the Urban Design Group ‘Practice of the Year’ 2016 award for its innovation and integration of water within the built environment.

In particular the judges singled out the practice’s proposals for urban design project in Nijmegen, Netherlands. The holistic project includes a major dyke relocation and new 1km-long flood relief channel as part of the national ‘Room for the River’ programme to reduce flood-risk and support urban growth in Lent. It involves the creation of 3 new bridges over the 3 years construction. Baca were invited to draw up plans for the ‘island’ that would be created between the River Waal and the new flood relief channel. Baca’s proposal for an island ’Retreat’ combines water recreation, river ecology, flood resilient development and sustainable infrastructure to create a self-sufficient ‘eco-leisure’ destination. It will be an exemplar, integrated solution and showcase for international architectural and technical innovation.

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Baca secures planning for private house in Brockley Conservation Area

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Planning has been granted for a contemporary new house within the Brockley Conservation Area of Lewisham. This contemporary three-bedroom dwelling is enclosed by a ground floor brickwork wall to match existing garden walls in the surrounding area. The Building forms a self-contained dwelling with primary views facing into a generous courtyard. The courtyard forms the heart of the modern open plan living space. The proposed building has been designed to mark the corner and entrance into the mews and create a strong connection between the primary road and the mews, leaving a positive legacy. The materials chosen are inspired from the local context and aim to enhance the character of the conservation area, as well as making the building sit comfortably within its context.

 The Lewisham Design Review Panel, who reviewed the scheme, described the proposal as ‘an exemplary scheme, which will be bold and imaginative with the potential to breathe life into an apparently unloved mews’.

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Grand Designs from last year’s show now on site

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Many of the new homes from last year’s show are now on site. Here’s a sneak preview of a wonderful six-bedroom/5000sqft house, that’s nearly finished in Devon.

The new house, planned on a curve, links with the old granary to create a substantial new house that is both modern but timeless. The accommodation is inverted so that the living spaces can enjoy the stunning view of the moor over the outbuildings. The bedrooms located on the ground floor, have individual terraces out onto the southwest facing wildflower garden. The new building uses natural materials, such as local stone, to soften the modern form and creating harmony with the existing buildings.

Other homes soon to be completed include a 5-bedroom 4000sqft house in Weybridge, A Glass House on the Lakes in the Cotswolds, and a 6000sqft Executive home in Durham.

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BD Architects of the Year Awards 2016 – Finalist

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With a record number of entries, from small practices through to large commercial firms, BD Architect of the Year Awards announced the shortlist for 2016.

With great excitement, Baca Architects has been shortlisted amongst the finalists for the category Individual House of the Year, again!

Link to the website (http://awards.bdonline.co.uk/2016-shortlist/)

The 12th edition of the awards is set to be bigger and more exciting than ever. They will take place on 9 March 2016 at London ExCeL’s Platinum Suite in collaboration with Ecobuild, the leading exhibition for the construction and energy market.

The awards will be held on the evening of Ecobuild’s Architecture day, creating one of the largest gatherings of architects in the UK. This new combined offering creates a valuable and unique opportunity for the most innovative and established practices to meet, celebrate and do business.

Completed Homes

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On the River Thames in Buckinghamshire, our clients moved into the UK’s first amphibious house. Passing its float tests during construction and post occupancy this climate adaptive house delivers robustness against future flood events as well as space, delight and expansive riverside views.

Nestled in the beautiful Oxfordshire landscape is a beautifully crafted timber home elevated above the flood level of an adjacent brook. At Water Lane, intelligent space planning has yielded some lofty spaces for a building which planning required to appear compact from the outside. And finally is a real gem, The Stone House in Devon. Set in the beautiful Devonshire countryside overlooking Dartmoor, the new stone house will unify a disparate collection of old farm buildings. A new glazed bridge links the historic granary building to the house and an open walkway connects the house to a hidden garden on the roof of the existing garage.

A big thank you to all our existing and new clients and wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Under Construction

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Nearing Completion is the Orchard, a 4-bed executive home with a wonderful vaulted ceiling in Weybridge. In Durham, an expansive villa is taking shape, about to receive a 4-storey horseshoe staircase that threads through a generous hallway linking all floors to a sunken garden.

The White House, a well-mannered modernist building with an in internal glazed link and generous gallery has started on site in Claygate. And we are very pleased to break ground in Putney for a very special family, which have returned to us for their second home. This new home set over 4 floors will present a contextual brick facade to the street, whilst the rear is more modern and glassy where it opens onto a sculptural garden.

Planning Consents

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2015 has yielded some exciting projects for the practice. An innovative flood-resistant 5-bedroom house on a private Island in Henley upon Thames secured planning permission in spring. In Salcombe, we received planning permission for a second generation of amphibious house design.

Our proposals for affordable floating homes utilising London’s underused waterways won the NLA’s New Ideas for Housing and led to a think tank meeting with London City Hall’s housing team – The first prototype 2 bed unit will commence construction in Spring 2016. We have also ventured into multiple units and have secured planning permission for 2 live-work, 2 maisonettes, 3 houses and 2 flats at “Beadnell Mews” in south London.

In the pipeline are two new paragraph 55 houses, one with sea views, and the other on the ridge of a woodland clearing with views over the River Trent.