Manser Medal 2010

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RIBA Manser Medal 2010 winner - Hunsett Mill

Zero Carbon House

Martello Tower Y

Bateman's Row

Leaf House

Furzey Hall Farm

RIBA Manser Medal winner 2010 - Hunsett Mill, Norfollk

Architect: Acme
Client: Catriona Dodsworth

Hunsett Mill is a specific response to a specific place in the fragile context of the Norfolk Broads. The new house is conceived as a shadow of the retained cottage and is clad in black, charred Japanese oak, adding to its shadow-like appearance, with flush windows giving it a sense of insubstantiality. It is brilliant and beautifully realized idea. The overall impact is arresting - more truly a piece of art than a recognizable piece of rural, domestic architecture.

RIBA Manser Medal winner 2010 - Hunsett Mill by Acme

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Zero Carbon House, Birmingham

Architect: John Christophers
Client: John Christophers

Past winner of the RIBA Sustainability Award John Christophers has made a family home of rare quality using low energy materials and environmental systems. It is the first UK retrofit house to achieve zero carbon standards as defined in the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6.

Externally it has a completely different character to the rest of the terrace but really adds to the urban streetscape. It is full of quirky, delightful and well-considered details and is a robust and thoughtful design of exceptional quality.

RIBA Manser Medal 2010 - Zero Carbon House by John Christophers.

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Martello Tower Y, Suffolk

Architect: Piercy Conner Architects/Billings
Jackson Industrial Design
Client: Duncan and Kristin Jackson

The Martello Tower presents the housing architect with manifold challenges. Bureaucratic: how to deal with a scheduled ancient monument in an area of outstanding natural beauty; how to introduce services into a structure with 12 foot thick walls elegantly and unobtrusively and finally, how to design in a way that sees the shape as an advantage not hindrance to creativity. The architects’ sensitive response is typified by the beauty of the exposed domed brickwork and the indoor-outdoor roof terrace atop the structure.

RIBA Manser Medal 2010 - Martello Tower Y by Piercy Conner with Billings Jackson.

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Bateman's Row, London

Architect: Theis + Khan
Client: Soraya Khan and Patrick Theis

This is an economically sustainable development by the architect-client for a mix of uses including their home and studio, a gallery and three apartments. In section the scheme skillfully adjusts the floor heights, creating taller spaces for the gallery, the studio and the principal living space.

This is a great city-making building, with the kind of scale and mix that is both ordinary and relevant but, because it is executed with extraordinary care and judgment, the sort of building London needs a lot more of.

RIBA Manser Medal 2010 - Bateman's Mews by Theis + Khan.

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Leaf House, London


Architect: James Gorst Architects

This is a thoughtful contemporary interpretation of a traditional large London townhouse. There is one study in the pavilion on the roof and another in the basement lit by a glass pavement-light.

This is a large house but it is extremely well-judged. Acoustic separation of spaces was key to the brief and there are many neat details such as doors that can close off otherwise open-plan arrangements into separate spaces. Overall there is a simplicity, overlaid with a richness of detail.

RIBA Manser Medal 2010 - Leaf House by James Gorst.

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Furzey Hall Farm

Architect: Waugh Thistleton Architects

A Victorian Cotswold stone farm cottage and barn have been restored and linked by an elegant new single storey L shaped timber and glass building accommodating an open plan kitchen and dining areas which open on to a decked terrace and a reed bed swimming pool.

The thick rubblework exterior walls are now absorbed into the interior and provide a delightful contrast to the smooth minimal finishes of the new building. Ground source heat pumps supply heating and hot water.

RIBA Manser Medal 2010 - Furzey Hall Farm by Waugh Thistleton.

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