RIBA House of the Year is awarded annually to the best example of a one-off house designed by an architect in the UK, celebrating excellence and innovation in home design.
The 20 projects listed below make up this year’s RIBA House of the Year longlist. From these, six projects will be shortlisted and visited by our specialist jury, who will then decide the ultimate winner, to be announced later this year.
Dido Milne, Jury Chair, said of this year’s longlist;
"This year’s RIBA House of the Year longlist includes a selection of exciting new typologies – from modest terraced houses to larger family homes. It showcases architects expressing their creativity within a wide variety of settings - from homes on tight urban sites where the ingenuity is evident in the twists and turns of the plan and section, to detached rural homes where the architect has been given free rein to reimagine the baronial hall or lakeside retreat. And in village settings, it is gratifying to see a number of the projects working with the local vernacular, forging a new contextual style whilst also retaining an authentic sense of culture. Localism in terms of material sourcing was a theme which ran throughout, and there were exemplary retrofit projects to applaud and extensions that excelled in their own right whilst bringing huge benefit to the host building.
At this critical point in time in terms of ‘climate break down’ we were really looking to see how deep a dive the architects had taken into issues around environmental sustainability. It was encouraging to see in both the prototype for modular social housing and some of the larger houses on the longlist how there was a much more holistic approach to what might constitute a truly sustainable house. What we are building with, the provenance of materials and the impact on biodiversity are starting to really influence designs."