The site sits on the banks of the river Loddon, a tributary of the Thames near Wargrave in Berkshire. It sits within Flood Zone 3b with a potential flood depth of 1.17m in the worst-case scenario. Our design places the house on stilts which raises the house by 2.2m above the 1:100 year plus predicted Climate Change flood level. The house ‘floats’ across the site as a single, linear form on a directly east-west alignment. By raising the house, sightlines across the site, as well as from the other side of the river, are improved. Approaching the house a staircase with open treads climbs up to the entrance deck. A natural iroko front door is sheltered beneath a canopy to provide a welcoming and sheltered point of arrival. Inside, the lobby is generous and translucent glazing offers the promise of outdoor space beyond. Turn left and the large open-plan living space is entered with panoramic views of the river. Turn right and a generous circulation space with storage on one side runs along the north side of the house serving a study and media room, utility spaces and cloakroom and three bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. From the main entrance, a glass link connects to a freestanding pavilion providing a ‘granny flat’ for the client’s elderly mother. This has a lift from ground floor to enable disabled access. Central to the house is an open courtyard, framed to the sky. A brick chimney, with barbeque at ground and first floor levels combined with a woodburning stove in the living room, anchors the house to the site. The house is clad in an off-white timber cladding, with dark grey cementitious boarded infills between glazing. The Narula House will be the third house by JPA along this stretch of the Loddon. The adjoining property ‘Cherry Eyot’ (also known as the ‘Attwood House’) was rebuilt and extended by JPA in 2005. It went on to win the Grand Designs ‘Best remodelled house in Britain Award’ in 2006. ‘The Moorings’ (also known as the ‘Hind House’) was completed in 2009 and subsequently received an RIBA Award, and was runner-up in the Grand Designs ‘Best new house in Britain Award’ in 2009.