Backwater

A stunning ‘house on stilts’ built on the edge of the Norfolk Broads, with three wings flaring out on plan to maximise waterside views. The ground floor is constructed on several different levels to enable mooring of boats around the external terrace areas whilst providing protection from high water levels during flooding.
RIBA East Award 2017

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The upper floors and roof are framed with a combination of lightweight traditional and engineered timber elements, supported by steel beams, posts and timber walls. In the western wing, a regular arrangement of timber portal frames with bespoke connections creates a spectacular lightweight vaulted roof, minimising the load on the substructure.

A steel sub-structure on a grid of piles allows construction in poor ground conditions. The interaction with the ground floor and foundations is carefully detailed to allow maximum flexibility during construction whilst providing supporting structure for an unusual and non-repetitive geometry.

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A regular arrangement of timber portal frames with bespoke connections creates a spectacular lightweight vaulted roof

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An iterative design process in close collaboration with the architect enabled us to meet the architectural vision efficiently, whilst a high degree of built-in tolerance in the engineering and architectural details allowed the efficient resolution of construction challenges in difficult and variable site conditions.

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