Backwater, a self-build home perched on the waterways of the Norfolk Broads, has clinched the 2017 RIBA East Award. The accolade celebrates the structure’s regional importance as a piece of inspirational architecture.
Surrounded on three sides by water, the Wroxham property is built in the tradition of many Broads houses, with expansive terraces overlooking the water and gabled roof bays reflecting the form of adjacent boat sheds. Its striking exterior is completed with distinctive cedar cladding from JB Shingles.
Tall glazed windows frame the riverside vistas and serve three interior zones— the living area with a study tucked behind; a kitchen and diner; and bedroom accommodation. The internal configuration is fluid and adaptable to the occupant’s needs. Walls can either be fixed as individual rooms or opened up to create a free-flowing space.
Backwater was also crowned Custom and Self-Build Project of the Year at the 2017 Structural Timber Awards, which celebrates expertise in timber and its continued contribution to the built environment.