Manser Medal 2014

'The 2014 RIBA Manser Medal shortlist reveals the most innovative, sustainable and beautiful new homes to have been completed in the past year. The exciting line-up is a testimony to the wonderful talent and achievements of some of the UK’s best architects.' RIBA President Stephen Hodder.

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Manser Medal 2014 - Top Four Results

Building Lens House

Lens House

This project involved the remodelling and extension of a four storey semiĀ­ detached Victorian Villa in the Canonbury Conservation area.

Building Wildfowl Cottage

Wildfowl Cottage

This small project provides an innovative response to flood risk that establishes a new model for this topical challenge.

Building Luker House

Luker House

This beautiful house is an essay in how to transform a totally unpromising site into something poetic and memorable. Sited in backlands with the prospect of new development overlooking the site, the design makes a benefit of developing a one-sided relationship to a sequence of external spaces.

Building Underbank House

Underbank House

This new building sits on the threshold between nature and artifice between landscape and building, between the intimacy of domestic life and the generously spirited 'big outdoors'. The use of space and materials both reclaimed and reinforce the connection between the interior and the exterior of th…

Building The Kench, Hampshire

The Kench, Hampshire

A beach house principally for summer time use with an open plan living area and integral kitchen orientated towards the views and 2 bedrooms at the rear wrapped around a wc/bathroom core. A floor to ceiling glass wall can be folded away to encourage outdoor living and a generous roof overhang provi…

Building Chalk Ridge, Surrey

Chalk Ridge, Surrey

SCd Architects were selected through competitive interview to design a contemporary new family home on the outskirts of Guildford. The site is located withinthe local Green Belt, a Conservation Area, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and an Area of Great Landscape Value. Through thorough design …

Building Farningham House Cottage, Kent

Farningham House Cottage, Kent

This Cottage is an 18th Century Grade II listed property in thepicturesque Kent village of Farningham, adjoined to a large Georgian house livedin by the client's parents. The intervention is a glazed passageway linking thecottage with two outbuildings, an existing stables and workshop. All buildings…

Building Red Bridge House, East Sussex

Red Bridge House, East Sussex

In an area of Ancient woodland bordering Ashdown Forest, Smerin Architects has created a new house set into a hillside overlooking a stream and the Wealden farmland beyond. Although clearly contemporary the palette of materials and pared back aesthetic recalls the honest quality of the agricultural …

Building Tree House

Tree House

This sensitive and subtle little building elegantly extends a Grade II listed house, so its occupant, who has become increasingly immobile and wheelchair bound, can live independently in her home as an integral member of her family, with her husband and their daughters; and can continue actively to …

Building Wedge House, Surrey

Wedge House, Surrey

The design uses the irregular shape of an existing garden to tuck the proposed house into an unassuming triangular pocket to the side of the garden. The proposed house is orientated to minimise overlooking to/from an apartment development to the East and maximises afternoon and evening sun by being …

Building Westering


Set within the Dartmoor National Park, Westering is a modest three-bedroomed house for a newly retired couple, within the garden of their now too large former home.

Building High Edge

High Edge

High Edge is a new family dwelling built on a very steep hill site overlooking Matlock Bath and the River Derwent.

Building Quarn Lodge

Quarn Lodge

Quarn Lodge is a Grade II listed former park-keeper's lodge, which has been restored and extended to become a four-bedroom family house.

Building Woodblock House

Woodblock House

This is a joyful, sensual house which is the product of a genuine collaboration between inventive architects and their imaginative artist clients.