Backwater House by Platform 5 Architects
Platform 5 Architects have designed a new detached home called Backwater to replace an outdated bungalow on a promontory in a secluded lagoon in the Norfolk broads.
The Backwater house provided the opportunity to enhance the setting by establishing a stylish counterpoint to the neighboring houses which are more traditional in design. One of the key objectives of this design is to create simple, contemporary living spaces at the center of the house that can still benefit from stunning views of the surroundings.
From the architects: “The house sits on a small promontory in a secluded lagoon in the Norfolk Broads and offers a contemporary counterpoint to more traditionally designed neighbouring houses, while respecting the peaceful natural setting.
It is arranged as three low rise bays beneath a series of pitched roofs, which are reminiscent of nearby boat sheds. The house is clad in black-stained timber shingles, a traditional material forming a unifying ribbon element that emphasises its classic Broads silhouette.
On the lagoon elevation, extensive glazing gives a more transparent appearance from the waterfront, and a deep canopy creates a sheltered outdoor area where you can enjoy the setting and the elements.
The house is raised above the waterline, allowing floodwater to flow beneath a landscaped timber deck. Its remote, largely off-grid location requires on-site sewage treatment and a water borehole whilst solar panels and timber stove provide power and heating.
The limited access has resulted in the design being developed as a lightweight timber frame sitting on a piled ground structure as construction materials will need to be brought in by barge.”