17 Sep 2020

NLA Awards 2020

We’re pleased to share that Toynbee Hall Estate & London Square Spitalfields is shortlisted in the Mixing category for NLA Awards 2020!

Vote for Toynbee Hall Estate & London Square Spitalfields in People’s Choice Vote!


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Awards & Events

25 Aug 2020

The Modern House: design-led holiday homes in the UK

Backwater Norfolk is The Modern House pick for design-led holiday home in the UK!


''From the Cornish coast to a secluded lagoon in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. This waterside getaway in Wroxham was completed by London-based Platform 5 Architects in 2016. The timber-framed structure is clad in red cedar shingles and takes its cue from nearby boatsheds, with three low-rise bays that contain the main living areas. While the exterior blends in with the wetland surroundings, inside the four-bedroom house has a more contemporary feel, with a spiral staircase and a skylight. On the lagoon side is an abundance of glass and a canopy for enjoying the outdoors, whatever the weather, and on a hot day you can enjoy a drink on the jetty while dangling your feet into the water and keeping an eye out for the local family of otters.''

Follow the link for the full article.

Visit Backwater.

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25 May 2020

Architects’ Own Houses Live Webinar

It is a widely-held ambition among architects to design their own home, but the motivations vary. For some it is a chance to pursue an architectural idea or technical innovation without compromise; for others it offers a a route to affordable accomodation, or the opportunity to live in the sort of space or location not offered by conventional developments.

Join us hear to from Patrick Michell from Platform 5 along two other architects who have recently fulfilled that ambition, to learn about the positives and the potential pitfalls of self-building.  Patrick will be discussing Backwater, a holiday home on the Norfolk Broads that was developed as a prototype for an architectural holiday let business as well as providing a personal retreat for family and friends.

Subjects covered include the search for a site, managing costs and finance, developing the design as both architect and client, and realising the vision.

27/05/2020, 10AM, UK

UPDATED 09/06/2020: 

Follow this link to watch now! 

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Media Coverage

04 May 2020


“ASK AN ARCHITECT” - a small gesture to say thank you and support our heroes!

As many of us have been spending more time at home, you may be considering how to improve the space you live in but are wondering what you can do and how you might do it.

We are offering a 30 minute “Ask An Architect” virtual consultation over Zoom to raise money for our local hospital in Whitechapel, The Royal London – https://bartscharity.org.uk/get-involved/donate/

During our consultation we can discuss:

  • How to develop your brief
  • The design and construction process from start to finish
  • Advice on how the current COVID-19 restrictions will impact on your project

Whilst there is uncertainty at the moment, local councils are still processing planning applications and now is a good time to be getting prepared and progressing the early stages of a project.

Places are limited so please get in touch by email info@platform5architects.com to reserve a booking, once you have confirmed your slot please send us a screenshot confirming your donation, we would recommend a minimum donation of £15.

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24 Mar 2020

Building the Dream

At a time when we are all being encouraged to stay inside, if you fancy some light entertainment you can see Backwater, our holiday home project on the Norfolk Broads featured as a reference project on tonight’s (25th March) “Building the Dream” on More 4 at 9pm.


Charlie Luxton will follow newly-retired Marisa and Andrew through the build of their own bespoke home on the Suffolk Coast. The couple were given a tour of Backwater so they could experience the house and see how some of the design ideas might apply to their own project.


25/03/2020, 9PM, More4


Follow this link (https://lnkd.in/dRSyWZb) to catch up on the episode later S9 Ep2.

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