Backwater, Norfolk Broads

Backwater, Norfolk Broads

This contemporary eco-house nestled in a serene lagoon of the Norfolk Broads is a masterpiece designed by Platform 5 Architects. This architectural gem stands as a testament to innovative design and harmonious integration with its natural surroundings. Just as the architecture pays homage to the nearby boat houses, the garden, expertly designed by Thomas Hoblyn, draws inspiration from the rich habitat of the Norfolk Broads, creating a captivating landscape that mirrors the beauty of this unique region.

The Norfolk Broads, with its meandering waterways and lush wetlands, serves as a captivating backdrop for this exceptional eco-house. The design ethos of the garden is firmly rooted in celebrating and preserving the natural beauty of the region. Rather than simply replicating the native species, the garden showcases more ornamental versions of the flora found in the Norfolk Broads, paying homage to the unique biodiversity of the area. One of the standout plant choices in the garden is the Filigree Alder (Alnus glutinosa Imperialis), a more ornamental variation of the common alder found in the region. Its delicate and intricate foliage adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to the landscape, creating a visual feast for visitors. Similarly, the use of Iris Sibirica, a variant of the native iris, Iris pseudacorus, adds a burst of colour and vibrancy to the garden, enhancing its overall allure.

Backwater itself, perched above the waterline, provides a breath-taking vantage point for residents to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Norfolk Broads. However, what truly sets this garden apart is the thoughtful placement of planting beds that come into direct contact with the water. This design choice not only fosters a deeper connection between the house and its surroundings but also enhances the garden’s ecological footprint, creating a habitat that attracts a diverse range of wildlife.

Award winning project

The architectural and horticultural brilliance of this eco-house and garden has not gone unnoticed. It has gathered accolades and recognition from prestigious awards bodies, including being named a winner at the RIBA East Awards. Furthermore, it was 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. These accolades underscore the exceptional quality and innovative design that define this remarkable property.

The contemporary eco-house in the Norfolk Broads, with its thoughtfully designed garden by Thomas Hoblyn, is a true marvel of architectural and horticultural ingenuity. It seamlessly blends modernity with the natural beauty of the Norfolk Broads, paying homage to the region’s unique habitat while showcasing ornamental variations of native species. The garden’s careful placement in proximity to the water enhances its ecological impact, creating a haven for both residents and wildlife. This eco-house stands as a shining example of sustainable design and a harmonious integration with the natural world.