GRAND DE­SIGNS: HOUSE OF THE YEAR

The RIBA House of the Year longlist cel­e­brates the best of con­tem­po­rary Bri­tish home de­signs, and it even has its own TV pro­gramme!

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Ev­ery year, the Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects (RIBA) scours the UK in search of its House of the Year to cel­e­brate ar­chi­tec­tural ex­cel­lence in Bri­tish hous­ing de­sign. This year’s 20-strong longlist show­cases a wide range of projects. ELLE Dec­o­ra­tion’s Ed­i­tor-in-chief Michelle Ogun­de­hin has been trav­el­ling across the UK to take an ex­clu­sive peek in­side some of them as a co-pre­sen­ter – along­side Kevin Mc­cloud and ar­chi­tect Damion Bur­rows – on Grand De­signs: House of the Year, a four-part se­ries on Chan­nel 4 ded­i­cated to the award. The first show airs on 8 Novem­ber and the win­ner is an­nounced dur­ing the fi­nal episode. Here, we ex­plore Michelle’s top six con­tenders. View the full longlist at ar­chi­tec­ture.com.

SIX CON­TENDERS FOR HOUSE OF THE YEAR… 1 The Cooper­age, Lon­don

Chris Dyson Ar­chi­tects has given this for­mer in­dus­trial build­ing a smart up­date, us­ing con­crete, black steel and ex­posed brick­work with a fan­tas­tic lightness of touch.

2 Car­ing Wood, near Maid­stone

A mod­ern vi­sion of the English coun­try house, this fam­ily home by Macdon­ald Wright and Niall Maxwell is a grand yet in­ti­mate space for three gen­er­a­tions.

3 Ness Point, Dover

This build­ing’s thick, un­du­lat­ing walls mimic the beau­ti­ful white cliffs of Dover. In­deed, the in­tent of ar­chi­tect Tonkin Liu was to bring the land­scape into the de­sign. ➤

4 Wood­man’s Tree­house, Dorset

Built around the branches of a proud English oak tree, this wood­land home, ac­cessed via a sus­pen­sion bridge, is the work of ar­chi­tects Brown­lie Ernst and Marks, as well as fur­ni­ture mak­ers and spe­cial­ists in green wood.

5 Hid­den House, Lon­don

Cof­fey Ar­chi­tects has max­imised the ap­peal of this one-storey home on the site of an old care­taker’s shed. Vaulted roof lights en­sure that the small build­ing feels light and airy.

6 Pea­cock House, Alde­burgh, Suf­folk

Built fac­ing a cen­tral court­yard, this home is made up of three in­de­pen­dent blocks con­nected by the great out­doors. The sim­ple ex­te­rior by BHSF Ar­chitek­ten and Stu­dio-p be­lies the com­plex­ity within.

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