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Floating Sanctuary on Water Lilies in Norfolk

24 Feb 2021

Floating Sanctuary on Water Lilies

Design: Baca Architects

Location: Ashwicken Lake, Norfolk, Southeast England, UK

Floating Sanctuary on Water Lilies

Baca Architects has released visuals of a floating Floating Sanctuary Island, the design of which was inspired by the water lilies that abound in the surrounding lake. The island will comprise units of holiday apartments and forms part of Baca’s master plan for Ashwicken Lake, a proposed new eco-resort in Norfolk, UK which has recently been submitted for planning.

Floating Sanctuary on Water Lilies

“The purpose behind our design is to evoke serenity amongst guests and synthesise human wellbeing,” says Richard Coutts, Principal of Baca Architects. “Lilies are a symbol of purity, wellness and peace. They float on the surface of the lake and extend their large leaves to attract the sunlight.”

Floating Sanctuary on Water Lilies

The “Water Lily” is a two-storey structure but, since the embankment is approximately 2.5m higher than the structure’s primary floor, only one storey will be visible above the rim of the lake. All 40 apartments will enjoy a clear view out onto the lake and the clustered nature of the design will work to create a spacious courtyard for social gatherings in the centre of the island. The form of the “Water Lily” is designed to provide a sheltered enclave, achieving a generous sunbathing terrace at lake level with moorings for sailing boats. Access will be by the lake’s electric water taxis or via two footbridges from newly re-landscaped areas where bunding and planting at the further extremity of the site will further screen the island and generate a sense of complete sanctuary.

Floating Sanctuary on Water Lilies

“The Water Lily is both architecture and a living sculpture,” says Richard Coutts. “Imagine holidaying here – it will be so refreshing, pure escapism and unlike anything else that the UK has to offer. It’s been an absolute joy to work on this project and wonderful that the client has been involved at every stage of its evolution.”

About Ashwicken Lake
A £35 million investment by Norfolk Farm Leisure will see the 80-hectare site reimagined as a destination for staycations and daytrips where outstanding architectural elements will be elegantly combined with an enhanced and tranquil natural landscape. The resort will feature the UK’s first floating clubhouse offering a spa with pool, a café/restaurant and al fresco waterside dining, all of which will be open to both staying guests and local people. The club will be encircled by 132 contemporary lodges, located on or near the water’s edge and each with a mooring. These lodges will be arranged in clusters, interspersed with new planting, trees, follies and water taxi jetties to create different character across the resort. In addition, there will be 22 treehouses nestled in the woodlands. A range of water and land-based activities will be available to suit all ages.

Ashwicken Lake will benefit from seamless, environmentally responsible design. The proposal is aiming for zero-carbon both in production and operation and areas of nature conservation will deliver a biodiversity net gain. Both the clubhouse and Water Lily are targeting a BREEAM “Very Good” rating.

Floating Sanctuary on Water Lilies

About Baca Architects
Baca Architects was founded in 2003 by Richard Coutts with the aim of integrating landscape and low carbon technology to create beautiful and enduring developments. Since then, the practice has established a core specialism in innovative waterfront design and flood resilience, and Richard has become one of Europe’s foremost experts on designing with water. He is an advisor to the UK government’s Core Cities Floods Advisory Group and is a Fellow, RIBA.

Baca’s current and recent projects include: The Australian Underwater Discovery Centre – Australia’s largest natural marine observatory with underwater dining, slated to open in 2023; a hotel and spa in a new eco-resort in Yorkshire; a waterside eco-resort in Hampshire, currently in planning; a boutique resort for Kent with luxury treehouses and fine dining; the UK’s first multi-dwelling development to be built in a flood zone, located near Stratford Upon Avon; masterplans for several major waterfront regeneration schemes; and a number of private commissions for flood resilient homes, including the Amphibious House as featured on Grand Designs.

Floating Sanctuary on Water Lilies


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Location: Ashwicken Lake, Norfolk, Southeast England, UK

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