The Salt House, a smooth-timbered modernist seaside house in Essex, has won the Manser Medal sponsored by the Rooflight Company for the best one-off house designed by an architect in the UK. Designed by Alison Brooks Architects, the Salt House beat off stiff competition from three other new architect-designed houses and major extensions to take the prize. The announcement was made tonight at a special awards ceremony for theRIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects' Journal at the Roundhouse in London.
The judges said:
"This experimental beach house is breathtaking in the rigour of its design, detailing and execution. Each space inside and out has a distinct presence and the forms are handled expertly. They link seamlessly to provide a memorable sequence of spaces around the roof-lit central atrium, which has a beautiful quality of light and airiness."
The medal is judged by a panel including Michael Manser CBE, former President of the RIBA; Simon Knox of Knox Bhavan Architects, winner of the 2006 Manser Medal and Tony Chapman, RIBA Head of Awards.
Previous winners include Holly Barn by Knox Bhavan Architects (2006), Stealth House by Robert Dye Associates (2005) and The Black House by Mole Architects (2004).
The three other shortlisted projects were:
Dowling House, Cultra, County Down by Hackett + Hall
Kander House, London by Jamie Fobert Architects
New Dwelling, Randalstown, County Antrim by Alan Jones Architects