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The Green House is one of the six projects shortlisted for RIBA's 2019 Stephen Lawrence Prize 
The Green House is one of the six projects shortlisted for RIBA's 2019 Stephen Lawrence Prize 
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Black House was designed by Dualchas
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Black House was designed by Dualchas
Black House is located in the Isle of Skye, Scotland
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Black House is located in the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Black House offers views of a nearby lake
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Black House offers views of a nearby lake
Black House is situated close to the edge of a lake
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Black House is situated close to the edge of a lake
"There is a persuasive integrity to the rigorous use of pure rectangular forms, the strictly limited palette of color and materials, and the consistent purity of minimalist detailing throughout, which enriched by the inclusion of the art and artefacts of the owners, have succeeded in creating a calm, inviting and exceptional home,” says RIBA about Black House
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"There is a persuasive integrity to the rigorous use of pure rectangular forms, the strictly limited palette of color and materials, and the consistent purity of minimalist detailing throughout, which enriched by the inclusion of the art and artefacts of the owners, have succeeded in creating a calm, inviting and exceptional home,” says RIBA about Black House
Black House is a black timbered home
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Black House is a black timbered home
Cork House is located in Berkshire 
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Cork House is located in Berkshire 
Cork House was designed by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne & Oliver Wilton
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Cork House was designed by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne & Oliver Wilton
"Form, function and footprint are all equally considered and respected," says RIBA about Cork House. "This is a truly well thought through, carefully researched project that has created a home that inspires those that are lucky enough to visit. A noble, momentous model to aspire to"
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"Form, function and footprint are all equally considered and respected," says RIBA about Cork House. "This is a truly well thought through, carefully researched project that has created a home that inspires those that are lucky enough to visit. A noble, momentous model to aspire to"
Cork House is part-built using cork
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Cork House is part-built using cork
Cork House is a sustainable home that's almost entirely constructed from a by-product of the cork stopper industry
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Cork House is a sustainable home that's almost entirely constructed from a by-product of the cork stopper industry
Cork House's interior looks comfortable and light-filled thanks to several large skylights
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Cork House's interior looks comfortable and light-filled thanks to several large skylights
Highgate Bowl was designed by HASA Architects
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Highgate Bowl was designed by HASA Architects
Highgate Bowl is a community garden
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Highgate Bowl is a community garden
"The brief for the project has been created organically with both the client and the architect 'feeling their way into it,' says RIBA about Highgate Bowl. "Sensitivity and lightness of touch is evident throughout much of the architectural installation – much has been achieved with relatively small means"
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"The brief for the project has been created organically with both the client and the architect 'feeling their way into it,' says RIBA about Highgate Bowl. "Sensitivity and lightness of touch is evident throughout much of the architectural installation – much has been achieved with relatively small means"
Highgate Bowl re-invigorates a previously neglected area in North London 
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Highgate Bowl re-invigorates a previously neglected area in North London 
Highgate Bowl was designed by HASA Architects
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Highgate Bowl was designed by HASA Architects
Pocket House is located in London 
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Pocket House is located in London 
Pocket House was designed by Tikari Works
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Pocket House was designed by Tikari Works
Pocket House squeezes a home onto a cramped plot that used to host a garage
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Pocket House squeezes a home onto a cramped plot that used to host a garage
Pocket House has a total floorspace of 105 sq m (1,130 sq ft)
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Pocket House has a total floorspace of 105 sq m (1,130 sq ft)
"A concise material palette of brick, timber and concrete is beautifully finished and left exposed throughout the building, creating a calming sense of refuge from the outside world," says RIBA about Pocket House. "The quality of the joinery is impressive, and the architect has demonstrated a rigorous control over cost by using materials to their full potential"
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"A concise material palette of brick, timber and concrete is beautifully finished and left exposed throughout the building, creating a calming sense of refuge from the outside world," says RIBA about Pocket House. "The quality of the joinery is impressive, and the architect has demonstrated a rigorous control over cost by using materials to their full potential"
Crossfield Street House was designed by Jonathan Pile Architect
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Crossfield Street House was designed by Jonathan Pile Architect
"Crossfield Street House has quietly made a significant contribution to the urban quality in this area," says RIBA. "Its clever layout and use of materials offer a blueprint for transforming similarly awkward urban sites. It is a wonderful family home which offers a calming retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life"
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"Crossfield Street House has quietly made a significant contribution to the urban quality in this area," says RIBA. "Its clever layout and use of materials offer a blueprint for transforming similarly awkward urban sites. It is a wonderful family home which offers a calming retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life"
Crossfield Street House is situated on an awkwardly shaped plot once used for car repairs
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Crossfield Street House is situated on an awkwardly shaped plot once used for car repairs
Crossfield Street House offers views of the nearby St. Paul's church
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Crossfield Street House offers views of the nearby St. Paul's church
The Green House is located in Tiverton 
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The Green House is located in Tiverton 
The Green House was designed by David Sheppard Architects
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The Green House was designed by David Sheppard Architects
The Green House is one of the six projects shortlisted for RIBA's 2019 Stephen Lawrence Prize 
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The Green House is one of the six projects shortlisted for RIBA's 2019 Stephen Lawrence Prize 
"The plan and roof form is freed from the rectilinear, and the flow of space up the staircase to a library window seat is delightful," says RIBA . "The use of fine plaster and ply veneer is restrained and balanced, highlighted with spalted wood stairs and dining table from timbers from the estate. The bedrooms are arranged for privacy, with simple thoughtful joinery detailing"
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"The plan and roof form is freed from the rectilinear, and the flow of space up the staircase to a library window seat is delightful," says RIBA . "The use of fine plaster and ply veneer is restrained and balanced, highlighted with spalted wood stairs and dining table from timbers from the estate. The bedrooms are arranged for privacy, with simple thoughtful joinery detailing"

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced its shortlist for this year's Stephen Lawrence Prize. Consisting of six projects built to a relatively small budget by lesser-known architecture firms, highlights include a sustainable home made from cork and another that fits into a small awkward plot once used to repair cars.

Created in honor of a black British teenager of the same name who hoped to become an architect but was killed in a racist attack, the Stephen Lawrence Prize aims to encourage fresh new architectural talent. The 2018 winner was the outstanding Old Shed, New House, by Tonkin Liu Architects, and this year has a strong focus on homes too.

"Now in its twenty-second year, the Stephen Lawrence Prize and bursary, sponsored by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, rewards the best projects with a construction budget of less than £1 million [roughly US$1.2 million] and aims to encourage ingenuity and diversity amongst aspiring and practicing architects," says Stephen Lawrence Prize founder Marco Goldschmied.

"The judges were inspired by the skill, creativity and innovation of the architects and clients behind each of the shortlisted projects from across the whole of the UK. They range from a clever re-use of a derelict glasshouse in to a community garden and event space, to a series of unique homes responding to challenging urban and rural sites, often achieving the most with the least."

The overall winner will be declared at the RIBA Stirling Prize ceremony on October 8 in London but until then, here's a look at each of the shortlisted projects. Head to the gallery to see more on each one.

Black House is located in the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Black House is located in the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Dualchas Architects' Black House is a timber-clad home located in Isle of Skye, Scotland, that's situated on the edge of a cliff overlooking a large lake. The 186 sq m (2,002 sq ft) residence features a fully glazed wall that frames a spectacular view across the water and its minimalist interior helps offer a calming and inviting interior.

Pocket House was designed by Tikari Works
Pocket House was designed by Tikari Works

Pocket House, by Tikari Works, is a 105 sq m (1,130 sq ft) home in London that's squeezed into a compact plot that previously hosted car garages. Due to the restricted space available, part of it is situated below ground in basement level, while the upper levels feature generous glazing to ensure there is enough natural light inside.

"Form, function and footprint are all equally considered and respected," says RIBA about Cork House. "This is a truly well thought through, carefully researched project that has created a home that inspires those that are lucky enough to visit. A noble, momentous model to aspire to"
"Form, function and footprint are all equally considered and respected," says RIBA about Cork House. "This is a truly well thought through, carefully researched project that has created a home that inspires those that are lucky enough to visit. A noble, momentous model to aspire to"

Cork House, which is also a finalist for RIBA's Stirling Prize, is a sustainable home in Eton by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton, in partnership with The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL. Located in the grounds of an 18th century mill, it's almost entirely constructed from a by-product of the cork stopper industry. The interior looks comfortable and light-filled thanks to several large skylights.

"The plan and roof form is freed from the rectilinear, and the flow of space up the staircase to a library window seat is delightful," says RIBA . "The use of fine plaster and ply veneer is restrained and balanced, highlighted with spalted wood stairs and dining table from timbers from the estate. The bedrooms are arranged for privacy, with simple thoughtful joinery detailing"
"The plan and roof form is freed from the rectilinear, and the flow of space up the staircase to a library window seat is delightful," says RIBA . "The use of fine plaster and ply veneer is restrained and balanced, highlighted with spalted wood stairs and dining table from timbers from the estate. The bedrooms are arranged for privacy, with simple thoughtful joinery detailing"

The Green House is situated on a very steep slope next to a lake in Wessex. The home, which was designed by David Sheppard Architects, takes the form of a wedge and looks different depending which angle you view it from, appearing like a tower at lake level, or a bungalow from uphill. Large glazing provides views of the landscape while private areas like bedrooms are hidden within.

"Crossfield Street House has quietly made a significant contribution to the urban quality in this area," says RIBA. "Its clever layout and use of materials offer a blueprint for transforming similarly awkward urban sites. It is a wonderful family home which offers a calming retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life"
"Crossfield Street House has quietly made a significant contribution to the urban quality in this area," says RIBA. "Its clever layout and use of materials offer a blueprint for transforming similarly awkward urban sites. It is a wonderful family home which offers a calming retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life"

Crossfield Street House (aka South London House) is another London home squeezed into an underutilized urban space that was once used to repair cars. The house references traditional timber-clad architecture in the area with the use of black-stained timber and offers views of the nearby St. Paul's Church too. It also has a partially green roof and a clever layout that maximizes the space available.

"The brief for the project has been created organically with both the client and the architect 'feeling their way into it,' says RIBA about Highgate Bowl. "Sensitivity and lightness of touch is evident throughout much of the architectural installation – much has been achieved with relatively small means"
"The brief for the project has been created organically with both the client and the architect 'feeling their way into it,' says RIBA about Highgate Bowl. "Sensitivity and lightness of touch is evident throughout much of the architectural installation – much has been achieved with relatively small means"

The only project that isn't a home to feature in this year's shortlist, Highgate Bowl turns a forgotten and neglected site in London into a new community garden. HASA Architects transformed a derelict horticultural glasshouse with new rooms, furniture and pathways, as well as restoring glazing and installing birch plywood cladding.

Source: RIBA

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