RIBA House Of The Year – 2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the longlist for the 2017 RIBA House of the Year Award. The RIBA House of the Year is awarded to the best new house or house extension designed by an architect in the UK.

RIBA House of the Year was created in 2001 and for many years was presented by RIBA as the Manser Medal.

Last year’s winner was awarded to Richard Murphy Architects for the design of Murphy House, a five level end of terrace plot located in Edinburgh’s New Town.   The property was picked from a shortlist of 7 homes from across the UK and its designed was inspired by the works of a 20th century Italian architect called Carlo Scarpa.

Our feature image for this week is of Murphy House via elcomercio.pe.

Murphy House is filled with all sorts of tricks and surprises; a hidden bath in the master bedroom, sliding book shelf ladders in a subterranean library and a folding corner wall.   The house is filled with unique and spirited charm with its unexpected spaces and disappearing walls.

There are two properties so far that have already reached the shortlist stage so far for 2017. Shawm House, is a timber framed building constructed in an existing barn and overlooks the Northumbrian countryside and Caring Wood, an English 21st century country house near Maidstone in Kent

There are some really interesting properties still to be shortlisted which are currently being shown on Grand Designs, Channel 4 every Tuesday night at 9.00pm with Kevin McCloud.   We share with you some of our favorite homes.

We like Woodman’s Treehouse, set in Dorset woodland, with its own suspension bridge and slide. The treehouse was built by a self-build team of skilled furniture makers and green wood craftsmen including the client and his family members.

A treehouse dream via Designboom.

The Newhouse of Auchengree is also a contender – a contemporary farmhouse located in Ayrshire in Scotland. Located on an elevation, this home is formed from a group of separate spaces and reflects the way rural buildings were developed and extended over the years.

The Edinburgh Road property is a complete re-build of a historic seaside setting and is a timber clad extension which serves as a foil to the stone-built existing form. Designed by A449 Architects, the windows of the beach frontage offers long views to the Fife and East Lothian coastlines and open onto the view.

Amazing views of Fife and East Lothian coastlines from the Edinburgh Road property via Architecture.com

Cob Corner is a barn conversion made out of raw materials which has taken 14 years to build and has preserved the 500mm thick cob walls. Cob is a traditional building technique using hand-formed lumps of earth mixed with sand and straw. Externally timber louvres are made from reclaimed hardwood which breaks down the intrusive impact of large sheets of glazing in its rural setting. The property has been designed by David Sheppard Architects.

Watch this space in a future blog post on who the winner will be!


Talking of awards!   Architecture firm dRMM has been awarded this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize for its revival of a seaside pier in Hastings.

dRMM has been awarded this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize for its revival of a seaside pier in Hastings. Paul Pitman via Flickr

The architects were tasked with repairing the century old pier after a devastating fire in 2010 which swept through the pavilion and destroyed the amusements, kiosks, shops and bandstand that previously occupied the large deck.

The old pier has been transformed into a new attraction for the seaside town inspiring visitors and local people.

Find out more about dRMM’s 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlisted project – Trafalgar Place.

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