Backwater, Norfolk Broads

Location: Norfolk Broads, Norfolk

A contemporary eco-house designed by Platform 5 Architects in a secluded lagoon on the Norfolk Broads.

Just as the architecture refers to the nearby boat houses, the lead for the garden’s planting and design was drawn from the surrounding habitat, selecting more ornamental versions of the species that are found in this region of Norfolk. Filigree alder Imperialis instead of common alder was used and Iris Sibirica instead of our native iris.

The house sits above the water line but most of the planting beds are in contact with the water.

The house was a RIBA East Awards Winner and shortlisted for The Sunday Times, British Homes Small House of The Year Award, the RICS Residential Award and received an Honourable Mention in the GAGA Awards.