RIBA House of the Year 2019 longlist

posted on Sunday, 11th August 2019 by Chris Jenkins

Architecture  Eco  Awards 


The Royal Institute of British Architects House of  Year Awards has announced its longlist. The shortlist and winners will be revealed on Channel 4’s Grand Designs: House of the Year, due to be aired in the autumn.

This year’s stunning selection features new builds, conversions and eco builds located all around the UK from north-west Scotland to Devon.

The emphasis this year is very much on sustainability, with one entry, Lark Rise in Buckinghamshire (pictured top), claiming to be better than energy passive – it actually exports ten times as much energy as it imports. Situated on the edge of the Chilterns, the house acts as a micro renewable power station, drawing 97% less energy from the grid than the average UK home.

The Black House , Skye , Designed By Dualchas , Photo Credit David Barbour

The Black House (above), on the Isle of Skye, may look boxy and industrial from the outside, but the inside reveals stunning views of the coastline. Built into the rock, the house includes  three bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen/living/dining space, a small study to listen to music and a workspace.

The clients also specified plenty of shelves and display space for their books and art, and wanted the internal spaces to be cleanly designed as neutral backdrop for their collections.

House In A Garden , London , Designed By Gianni Botsford Architects , Photo Credit Edmund Sumner

House in a Garden (above) in London is largely underground; replacing a dilapidated bungalow built in the 1960’s in the back garden on an 1840’s Notting Hill villa, the house is on ground and two basement floors surrounded by gardens, light wells and skylights that control and distribute light throughout the various levels.

Overshadowed by houses on three sides, and a large plane tree, the house distributes atmospheres and intensities of light, the ground floor pavilion-like structure floating above the ground creating distant views through gaps in the city and to the sky.

The double curvature of the timber roof concludes in an oculus to the sky. Shaped and informed by the light and shadow that surround it, the roof’s tent-like form creates a new place for life to occur - one that turns its back on the large volumes surrounding it and embraces particular view corridors and possibilities for light.

Cork House , Berkshire , Designed By Matthew Barnett Howland With Dido Milne & Oliver Wilton , Photo Credit David Grandorge (1)

Cork House in Berkshire (above) is indeed constructed from bio-renewable cork. The prefabricated blocks in the roof and walls were made from by-products and waste from the cork industry, and amazingly the entire house was constructed by hand without mortar or glue.

The full longlist can be viewed at www.architecture.com.

Chris Jenkins

Inside ID contributor Chris Jenkins is the Editor of Arts & Collections, and a freelance technology and industry journalist...

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