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Backwater House in Norfolk, Southeast England

12 June 2020

Backwater House in Norfolk

Design: Platform 5 Architects

Location: Norfolk, Southeast England, UK

Backwater House Norfolk Broads

The Backwater 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.

Backwater House Norfolk

It is arranged as three low rise bays beneath a series of pitched roofs, which are reminiscent of nearby boat sheds.

Backwater House Norfolk Broads

The house is clad in black-stained timber shingles, a traditional material forming a unifying ribbon element that emphasises its classic Broads silhouette.

Backwater House Norfolk

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.

Backwater House Norfolk Broads

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.

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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.

Backwater House Norfolk

Design: Platform 5 Architects

Backwater House Norfolk

Photography © Alan Williams

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Backwater is also available for holiday rentals

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