20 extraordinary new British homes in the running for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the longlist for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year Award, the UK’s most prestigious award for a new house or extension.

Amongst the 20 architect-designed homes in the running for the award are a contemporary part-house part-gallery on the beach in Brighton & Hove (The Narrow House), a Japanese inspired terraced house extension (House of Trace),  a new family home in Jersey rising from the huge granite walls of an earlier building on the site (Le Petit Fort),  a stunning beach house in Dungeness that echoes the areas former  fishing huts, an ingenious and contemporary take on a traditional lean-to in Harrogate (Contemporary Lean To) and a house in Cornwall that hovers dramatically over a cliff to take in the enviable views across the Fal Estuary (The Owers House).

RIBA House of the Year is proudly supported by Hiscox & Paint and Paper Library.

The 20 new homes on the longlist for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year are:






Ansty Plum,

Coppin   Dockray

Ansty,   Wiltshire, England


Contemporary   Lean-to

Doma   Architects

Harrogate,   Yorkshire, England


Contour   House

Sanei   Hopkins Architects

Baslow,   Derbyshire, England


Covert House  


Clapham Old   Town, London, England


Edge Hill

Sutherland   Hussey Harris

Darras Hall,   Newcastle upon Tyne, England


Garden House  

Hayhurst and   Co.

Hackney,   London, England


House of   Trace

Tsuruta   Architects

Lewisham,   London, England


Le Petit   Fort

Hudson   Architects

Jersey,   Channel Islands


Modern Mews

Coffey   Architects

London,   England


Murphy House  

Richard   Murphy Architects

Hart Street,   Edinburgh, Scotland


North Vat

Rodic   Davidson Architects

Dungeness,   Kent, England



Loyn &   Co

Forest of   Dean, Gloucestershire, England


Private   House in Cumbria

Bennetts   Associates

Cumbria,   England


The Cheeran   House

John Pardey   Architects

Reading,   Berkshire, England


The Narrow   House

Sanei   Hopkins Architects

Brighton   & Hove, England


The Owers   House       

John Pardey   Architects

Feock,   Cornwall, England


House 19        

Jestico +   Whiles

Old   Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England


Private   House 1109

GA Studio   Architects

Cheshire,   England


Tin House       

Henning   Stummel Architects

Shepherd's   Bush, London, England



LJR+H   Chartered Architects

near Monikie,   Angus, Scotland


The RIBA House of the Year award will be broadcast as part of a special Channel 4 Grand Designs series, presented by Kevin McCloud. Now in its second year, Grand Designs: House of the Year, produced by Boundless, is to be broadcast weekly for four weeks later in the year. Featuring a selection of properties from the longlist for the UK’s most prestigious new house award, it will reveal the shortlisted and winning homes.


  1. For further information contact Howard Crosskey howard.crosskey@riba.org  +44 (0)20 7307 3761
  2. Press images and the judges citations can be downloaded here: https://riba.box.com/s/7cx4ekbj5trgs9owik0l5jdwekuphwvm
  3. The RIBA House of the Year award is awarded every year to the best new house or house extension designed by an architect in the UK. It was created in 2001 and for many years presented by the RIBA as the Manser Medal. Previous winners include Skene Catling de la Peña for Flint House (2015), Loyn & Co for Stormy Castle (2014), Carl Turner Architects for Slip House (2013) and Acme for Hunsett Mill (2010).
  4. The judges for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year are: Meredith Bowles, Mole Architects (jury chair); Charlotte Skene Catling, Skene Catling de la Peña; Jonathan Dallas, Dallas Pierce Quintero; Phillip Thorn, Head of Direct Home for Hiscox and Jenny Éclair, novelist, actress & client of the 2005 award-winning house.
  5. SPONSOR: Hiscox is a global specialist insurer with a 100 year heritage of insuring unusual or complex risks, such as high value homes, fine art and other collections. For further information, visit https://www.hiscox.co.uk/home-insurance/.
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  8. Grand Designs: RIBA House of the Year is produced by Boundless, producers of Grand Designs, for Channel 4.
  9. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members www.architecture.com  
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Posted on Thursday 23rd June 2016