RIBA House of the Year Shortlist Grows with Addition of Two More of the UK’s Best New Homes

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RIBA House of the Year Shortlist Grows with Addition of Two More of the UK’s Best New Homes

Photos and credits: clockwise from top left; Modern Mews exterior (credit: Timothy Soar), Modern Mews interior (credit: Timothy Soar), Garden House exterior roof (credit: Killian O'Sullivan), Garden House interior (credit: Killian O'Sullivan)

The Garden House, a home-cum-studio in Hackney with an innovative roof garden, and Modern Mews, a remodelling of the traditional mews house are the latest spectacular homes on the shortlist for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year award, sponsored by Hiscox Home Insurance. The award is run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

 All the projects in the running for the UK’s most prestigious award for a new house are being revealed in a special four part TV series for Channel 4, Grand Designs: House of the Year. During the course of the series (which began on Thursday 24 November 2016 at 9pm), the seven homes shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year award will be announced; the winner will be revealed on screen on Thursday 15 December.

The latest two projects shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year are:

  • Garden House in Hackney, east London by Hayhurst and Co
  • Modern Mews in central London by Coffey Architects

They join the following four houses on the RIBA House of the Year shortlist, with another one yet to be announced:

Ansty Plum, Wiltshire by Coppin Dockray

  • Covert House, Clapham, south London by DSDHA
  • Murphy House, New Town, Edinburgh by Richard Murphy Architects
  • Outhouse, Forest of Dean by Loyn & Co Architects

Garden House by Hayhurst and Co
The Garden House replaces a single storey workshop built by the Clients in the mid-1990s. The brief was to form a home and studio; which maximised the space and natural light available within their tight 85 square metre site behind Victorian housing in Hackney’s de Beauvoir Conservation area.

The roof is a bespoke hanging garden, formed by refined, lapped, and elegant stainless steel trays hung over a GRP membrane. 800 sedums and heathers are planted into the stepped beds. They replicate the character of the planting and fauna of Dungeness where the owners also have a second home. Neighbours must be delighted with their views down onto this unusual stepped roof garden.

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