Manser Medal

RIBA Manser Medal 2011 in association with HSBC Private BankSix exceptional new homes
form the shortlist for the 2011 RIBA Manser Medal for the best new house
or major extension in the UK in association with HSBC Private Bank,
the UK's pre-eminent private housing
design award.

From urban homes squeezed into tight city sites to woodland hideaways, the 2011 shortlist reveals some of the most cutting-edge trends in housing design and lifestyle choices and recognises some of the UK's most talented architects.

The winner of the 2011 Manser Medal is Hampstead Lane by Duggan Morris Architects. The award was presented at the RIBA on 10 November. Balancing Barn by MVRDV in collaboration with Mole Architects is the winner of the public vote. 

RIBA Manser Medal 2011 shortlist

Ty Hedfan

Architect: Featherstone Young


Hampstead Lane

Architect: Duggan Morris Architects


Watson House

Architect: John Pardey Architects


House in Epsom

Architect: Eldridge Smerin 

New Mission Hall


Architect: Adam Richards Architects


Balancing Barn

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Architect: MVRDV in collaboration with Mole Architects


RIBA Manser Medal 2010 winner

Hunsett Mill

Architect: Acme

Acme architects won the award for its arresting extension to a nineteenth century mill keepers house, Hunsett Mill, a Grade 2 listed building on the Norfolk Broads. Building a major extension which more than doubled the size of the original house on a uniquely picturesque site was an interesting challenge. Acme created an extension in the form of a shadow of the original which the judges describe as 'more akin to a piece of art than a piece of rural, domestic architecture'. 


Photographer: Cristobal Palma

RIBA Manser Medal - a short history

The objective of the RIBA Manser Medal has always been to encourage innovation in house design, to show how social and technological ambitions can be met by intelligent design and to produce exemplars to be taken up by the wider housebuilding industry. The prize is named after Michael Manser, former President of the RIBA, who is well known for his own steel and glass house designs.

Michael had for a number of years chaired the National Homebuilder Design Awards, which were run by Mike Gazzard. He approached Tony Chapman, custodian of all the RIBA's awards then and now, about how to mark Michael Manser's contribution. 

It was agreed to create an award in his name for one-off houses. It was presented as part of the National Homebuilder Design Awards for two years, before switching stables in 2003 to become part of the RIBA Awards. In 2006 the National Homebuilder Design Awards were bought by EMAP, long-term sponsors of the RIBA's awards programme. The award has since been presented at the RIBA Awards Dinner and latterly at the RIBA Stirling Prize Dinner, even twice being televised.

Previous winners have been: Previous winners have been: Cezary Bednarski for Merthyr Terrace, Barnes; Burd Haward Marston Architects for Brooke Coombes House, Ealing; Jamie Fobert Architects for Anderson House, London; Mole Architects for Black House, Cambridgeshire; Robert Dye Associates for Stealth House, London; Knox Bhavan for Holly Barn, Norfolk; and The Salt House, St Lawrence Bay, Essex by Alison Brooks Architects; Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for Oxley Woods, Milton Keynes; Pitman Tozer Architects for Gap House, London.

HSBC Private Bank

HSBC Private Bank is proud to partner with the RIBA, as exclusive sponsor of the RIBA Manser Medal. This new partnership builds on our long established commitment to design, whilst underlining the respect we have for clients, architects and other professionals who create inspiring houses through exceptional design.

HSBC Private Bank and the RIBA are leaders in their respective fields with a shared commitment to excellence. HSBC Private Bank has unrivalled property lending expertise for private clients in the UK* as well as providing expert advice for clients seeking outstanding homes.

*Ranked Number 1 for lending/financing in the 2010 Euromoney survey.

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