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Platform 5 Architects

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Platform 5 Architects - Backwater

Platform 5 Architects

A new detached eco-house on the Norfolk Broads














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

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.