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From an "Outhouse" to a "Tin House": Britain's best new homes revealed

From an "Outhouse" to a "Tin H...
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the 20 houses that will take part in its annual House of the Year competition
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the 20 houses that will take part in its annual House of the Year competition
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Ansty Plum, by Coppin Dockray is located in Ansty, Wiltshire, England
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Ansty Plum, by Coppin Dockray is located in Ansty, Wiltshire, England
Ansty Plum, by Coppin Dockray is located in Ansty, Wiltshire, England. The project involved an extensive and sympathetic renovation of an existing house
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Ansty Plum, by Coppin Dockray is located in Ansty, Wiltshire, England. The project involved an extensive and sympathetic renovation of an existing house
Ansty Plum, by Coppin Dockray is located in Ansty, Wiltshire, England
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Ansty Plum, by Coppin Dockray is located in Ansty, Wiltshire, England
Ansty Plum, by Coppin Dockray is located in Ansty, Wiltshire, England
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Ansty Plum, by Coppin Dockray is located in Ansty, Wiltshire, England
Ansty Plum, by Coppin Dockray is located in Ansty, Wiltshire, England
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Ansty Plum, by Coppin Dockray is located in Ansty, Wiltshire, England
Contemporary Lean-to, by Doma Architects is located in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. It features a new extension that makes the existing home suitable for its young family 
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Contemporary Lean-to, by Doma Architects is located in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. It features a new extension that makes the existing home suitable for its young family 
Contemporary Lean-to, by Doma Architects is located in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
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Contemporary Lean-to, by Doma Architects is located in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
Contemporary Lean-to, by Doma Architects is located in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
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Contemporary Lean-to, by Doma Architects is located in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
Contemporary Lean-to, by Doma Architects is located in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
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Contemporary Lean-to, by Doma Architects is located in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
Contemporary Lean-to, by Doma Architects is located in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
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Contemporary Lean-to, by Doma Architects is located in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
Contour House, by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Baslow, Derbyshire, England. It is a light and open luxury home that was built using traditional materials
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Contour House, by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Baslow, Derbyshire, England. It is a light and open luxury home that was built using traditional materials
Contour House, by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Baslow, Derbyshire, England
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Contour House, by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Baslow, Derbyshire, England
Contour House, by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Baslow, Derbyshire, England
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Contour House, by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Baslow, Derbyshire, England
Contour House, by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Baslow, Derbyshire, England
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Contour House, by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Baslow, Derbyshire, England
Contour House, by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Baslow, Derbyshire, England
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Contour House, by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Baslow, Derbyshire, England
Covert House by DSDHA is located in Clapham Old Town, London, England. It sports a novel mirrored facade designed to make the home blend in with its surroundings
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Covert House by DSDHA is located in Clapham Old Town, London, England. It sports a novel mirrored facade designed to make the home blend in with its surroundings
Covert House by DSDHA is located in Clapham Old Town, London, England
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Covert House by DSDHA is located in Clapham Old Town, London, England
Covert House by DSDHA is located in Clapham Old Town, London, England
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Covert House by DSDHA is located in Clapham Old Town, London, England
Covert House by DSDHA is located in Clapham Old Town, London, England
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Covert House by DSDHA is located in Clapham Old Town, London, England
Covert House by DSDHA is located in Clapham Old Town, London, England
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Covert House by DSDHA is located in Clapham Old Town, London, England
Edge Hill by Sutherland Hussey Harris is located in Darras Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The project serves as a new family home and its daring design was beloved by RIBA's judges
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Edge Hill by Sutherland Hussey Harris is located in Darras Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The project serves as a new family home and its daring design was beloved by RIBA's judges
Edge Hill by Sutherland Hussey Harris is located in Darras Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Edge Hill by Sutherland Hussey Harris is located in Darras Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Edge Hill by Sutherland Hussey Harris is located in Darras Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Edge Hill by Sutherland Hussey Harris is located in Darras Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Edge Hill by Sutherland Hussey Harris is located in Darras Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Edge Hill by Sutherland Hussey Harris is located in Darras Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Edge Hill by Sutherland Hussey Harris is located in Darras Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Edge Hill by Sutherland Hussey Harris is located in Darras Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Garden House by Hayhurst and Co. is located in Hackney, London, England, and serves as a home and studio that offers the maximum light available inside
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Garden House by Hayhurst and Co. is located in Hackney, London, England, and serves as a home and studio that offers the maximum light available inside
Garden House by Hayhurst and Co. is located in Hackney, London, England
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Garden House by Hayhurst and Co. is located in Hackney, London, England
Garden House by Hayhurst and Co. is located in Hackney, London, England
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Garden House by Hayhurst and Co. is located in Hackney, London, England
Garden House by Hayhurst and Co. is located in Hackney, London, England
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Garden House by Hayhurst and Co. is located in Hackney, London, England
House 19 by Jestico + Whiles is located in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England. It reduces its impact on the local area by reducing the height on the southern elevation from two storys to one, with a pitched roof
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House 19 by Jestico + Whiles is located in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England. It reduces its impact on the local area by reducing the height on the southern elevation from two storys to one, with a pitched roof
House 19 by Jestico + Whiles is located in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
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House 19 by Jestico + Whiles is located in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
House 19 by Jestico + Whiles is located in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
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House 19 by Jestico + Whiles is located in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
House 19 by Jestico + Whiles is located in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
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House 19 by Jestico + Whiles is located in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects is located in Lewisham, London, England. The home melds together Japanese and English stylistic influences
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House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects is located in Lewisham, London, England. The home melds together Japanese and English stylistic influences
House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects is located in Lewisham, London, England
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House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects is located in Lewisham, London, England
House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects is located in Lewisham, London, England
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House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects is located in Lewisham, London, England
House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects is located in Lewisham, London, England
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House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects is located in Lewisham, London, England
House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects is located in Lewisham, London, England
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House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects is located in Lewisham, London, England
Private House 1109, by GA Studio Architects is located in Cheshire, England. It's built to the ultra-stringent Passive House standard so will be very efficient to run
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Private House 1109, by GA Studio Architects is located in Cheshire, England. It's built to the ultra-stringent Passive House standard so will be very efficient to run
Private House 1109, by GA Studio Architects is located in Cheshire, England
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Private House 1109, by GA Studio Architects is located in Cheshire, England
Private House 1109, by GA Studio Architects is located in Cheshire, England
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Private House 1109, by GA Studio Architects is located in Cheshire, England
Private House 1109, by GA Studio Architects is located in Cheshire, England
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Private House 1109, by GA Studio Architects is located in Cheshire, England
Private House 1109, by GA Studio Architects is located in Cheshire, England
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Private House 1109, by GA Studio Architects is located in Cheshire, England
Private House in Cumbria by Bennetts Associates is located in Cumbria, England. It's described as a house with high quality materials that still feels like it should be lived in
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Private House in Cumbria by Bennetts Associates is located in Cumbria, England. It's described as a house with high quality materials that still feels like it should be lived in
Private House in Cumbria by Bennetts Associates is located in Cumbria, England
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Private House in Cumbria by Bennetts Associates is located in Cumbria, England
Private House in Cumbria by Bennetts Associates is located in Cumbria, England
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Private House in Cumbria by Bennetts Associates is located in Cumbria, England
Private House in Cumbria by Bennetts Associates is located in Cumbria, England
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Private House in Cumbria by Bennetts Associates is located in Cumbria, England
Private House in Cumbria by Bennetts Associates is located in Cumbria, England
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Private House in Cumbria by Bennetts Associates is located in Cumbria, England
The Cheeran House by John Pardey Architects is located in Reading, Berkshire, England. The design is based on the desire to enjoy both a south facing aspect, yet also engage with the walled garden to the north
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The Cheeran House by John Pardey Architects is located in Reading, Berkshire, England. The design is based on the desire to enjoy both a south facing aspect, yet also engage with the walled garden to the north
The Cheeran House by John Pardey Architects is located in Reading, Berkshire, England
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The Cheeran House by John Pardey Architects is located in Reading, Berkshire, England
The Cheeran House by John Pardey Architects is located in Reading, Berkshire, England
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The Cheeran House by John Pardey Architects is located in Reading, Berkshire, England
The Cheeran House by John Pardey Architects is located in Reading, Berkshire, England
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The Cheeran House by John Pardey Architects is located in Reading, Berkshire, England
The Cheeran House by John Pardey Architects is located in Reading, Berkshire, England
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The Cheeran House by John Pardey Architects is located in Reading, Berkshire, England
The Narrow House by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Brighton & Hove, England. The home was built atop the footprint of a former garage
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The Narrow House by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Brighton & Hove, England. The home was built atop the footprint of a former garage
The Narrow House by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Brighton & Hove, England
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The Narrow House by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Brighton & Hove, England
The Narrow House by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Brighton & Hove, England
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The Narrow House by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Brighton & Hove, England
The Narrow House by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Brighton & Hove, England
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The Narrow House by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Brighton & Hove, England
The Narrow House by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Brighton & Hove, England
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The Narrow House by Sanei Hopkins Architects is located in Brighton & Hove, England
The Owers House by John Pardey Architects is located in Feock, Cornwall, England. It is planned around enviable views across the Fal Estuary
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The Owers House by John Pardey Architects is located in Feock, Cornwall, England. It is planned around enviable views across the Fal Estuary
The Owers House by John Pardey Architects is located in Feock, Cornwall, England
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The Owers House by John Pardey Architects is located in Feock, Cornwall, England
The Owers House by John Pardey Architects is located in Feock, Cornwall, England
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The Owers House by John Pardey Architects is located in Feock, Cornwall, England
The Owers House by John Pardey Architects is located in Feock, Cornwall, England
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The Owers House by John Pardey Architects is located in Feock, Cornwall, England
The Owers House by John Pardey Architects is located in Feock, Cornwall, England
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The Owers House by John Pardey Architects is located in Feock, Cornwall, England
Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects is located in Shepherd's Bush, London, England. It's a remarkable looking house that's also very well insulated and cheap to run 
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Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects is located in Shepherd's Bush, London, England. It's a remarkable looking house that's also very well insulated and cheap to run 
Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects is located in Shepherd's Bush, London, England
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Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects is located in Shepherd's Bush, London, England
Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects is located in Shepherd's Bush, London, England
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Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects is located in Shepherd's Bush, London, England
Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects is located in Shepherd's Bush, London, England
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Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects is located in Shepherd's Bush, London, England
Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects is located in Shepherd's Bush, London, England
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Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects is located in Shepherd's Bush, London, England
Zinc House by LJR+H Chartered Architects is located near Monikie, Angus, Scotland. Its form is inspired by a collection of abandoned farm sheds on the site 
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Zinc House by LJR+H Chartered Architects is located near Monikie, Angus, Scotland. Its form is inspired by a collection of abandoned farm sheds on the site 
Zinc House by LJR+H Chartered Architects is located near Monikie, Angus, Scotland
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Zinc House by LJR+H Chartered Architects is located near Monikie, Angus, Scotland
Zinc House by LJR+H Chartered Architects is located near Monikie, Angus, Scotland
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Zinc House by LJR+H Chartered Architects is located near Monikie, Angus, Scotland
Zinc House by LJR+H Chartered Architects is located near Monikie, Angus, Scotland
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Zinc House by LJR+H Chartered Architects is located near Monikie, Angus, Scotland
Zinc House by LJR+H Chartered Architects is located near Monikie, Angus, Scotland
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Zinc House by LJR+H Chartered Architects is located near Monikie, Angus, Scotland
Le Petit Fort by Hudson Architects is located in Jersey, Channel Islands. Its purposefully muscular design is inspired by Napoleonic-era Martello fortress towers and WWII fortifications
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Le Petit Fort by Hudson Architects is located in Jersey, Channel Islands. Its purposefully muscular design is inspired by Napoleonic-era Martello fortress towers and WWII fortifications
Le Petit Fort by Hudson Architects is located in Jersey, Channel Islands
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Le Petit Fort by Hudson Architects is located in Jersey, Channel Islands
Le Petit Fort by Hudson Architects is located in Jersey, Channel Islands
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Le Petit Fort by Hudson Architects is located in Jersey, Channel Islands
Le Petit Fort by Hudson Architects is located in Jersey, Channel Islands
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Le Petit Fort by Hudson Architects is located in Jersey, Channel Islands
Le Petit Fort by Hudson Architects is located in Jersey, Channel Islands
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Le Petit Fort by Hudson Architects is located in Jersey, Channel Islands
Modern Mews, by Coffey Architects is located in London, England. The project is a renovation to bring more light into the home
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Modern Mews, by Coffey Architects is located in London, England. The project is a renovation to bring more light into the home
Modern Mews, by Coffey Architects is located in London, England
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Modern Mews, by Coffey Architects is located in London, England
Modern Mews, by Coffey Architects is located in London, England
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Modern Mews, by Coffey Architects is located in London, England
Modern Mews, by Coffey Architects is located in London, England
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Modern Mews, by Coffey Architects is located in London, England
Modern Mews, by Coffey Architects is located in London, England
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Modern Mews, by Coffey Architects is located in London, England
Murphy House by Richard Murphy Architects is located in Hart Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. Its style is influenced by Venetian architecture and it boasts significant sustainable design
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Murphy House by Richard Murphy Architects is located in Hart Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. Its style is influenced by Venetian architecture and it boasts significant sustainable design
Murphy House by Richard Murphy Architects is located in Hart Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Murphy House by Richard Murphy Architects is located in Hart Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Murphy House by Richard Murphy Architects is located in Hart Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Murphy House by Richard Murphy Architects is located in Hart Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Murphy House by Richard Murphy Architects is located in Hart Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Murphy House by Richard Murphy Architects is located in Hart Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
North Vat by Rodic Davidson Architects is located in Dungeness, Kent, England. It sits on an open, beautiful, and often bleak beach, which informs its design
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North Vat by Rodic Davidson Architects is located in Dungeness, Kent, England. It sits on an open, beautiful, and often bleak beach, which informs its design
North Vat by Rodic Davidson Architects is located in Dungeness, Kent, England
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North Vat by Rodic Davidson Architects is located in Dungeness, Kent, England
North Vat by Rodic Davidson Architects is located in Dungeness, Kent, England
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North Vat by Rodic Davidson Architects is located in Dungeness, Kent, England
North Vat by Rodic Davidson Architects is located in Dungeness, Kent, England
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North Vat by Rodic Davidson Architects is located in Dungeness, Kent, England
North Vat by Rodic Davidson Architects is located in Dungeness, Kent, England
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North Vat by Rodic Davidson Architects is located in Dungeness, Kent, England
North Vat by Rodic Davidson Architects is located in Dungeness, Kent, England
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North Vat by Rodic Davidson Architects is located in Dungeness, Kent, England
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the 20 houses that will take part in its annual House of the Year competition
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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the 20 houses that will take part in its annual House of the Year competition
Outhouse by Loyn & Co is located in Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England. It  sits upon an attractive sloping plot in the Forest of Dean running beside Offa’s Dyke
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Outhouse by Loyn & Co is located in Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England. It  sits upon an attractive sloping plot in the Forest of Dean running beside Offa’s Dyke
Outhouse by Loyn & Co is located in Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England
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Outhouse by Loyn & Co is located in Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England
Outhouse by Loyn & Co is located in Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England
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Outhouse by Loyn & Co is located in Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has unveiled 20 high-end homes that will take part in its annual House of the Year competition. From a half-buried London house that sports a mirrored facade, to a Jersey home that draws design cues from Napoleonic and WWII-era fortresses, the competition highlights the best of British residential architecture.

This year's House of the Year (formerly Manser Medal) competition is dominated by English entries, and a total of 17 of the homes on display hail from that part of the UK. The remaining three comprise two Scottish homes and a house from the Channel Islands. No houses from Wales or Northern Ireland made the cut this year.

Below, are a few highlights.

Covert House – DSDHA

Covert House by DSDHA is located in Clapham Old Town, London, England
Covert House by DSDHA is located in Clapham Old Town, London, England

Designed by local firm DSDHA to serve as a family home for its founders, London's predominantly concrete-and-glass Covert House sports a novel mirrored facade designed to make the home blend in with its surroundings.

The firm was required to half-bury Covert House to meet restrictive planning laws, and in order to ensure that plenty of natural light reaches within, DSDHA placed windows and light wells in key areas. Measuring 128 sq m (1,377 sq ft), the interior is largely composed of unfinished concrete. This, in addition to the home being part-buried, means that the interior maintains a relatively steady temperature.

Le Petite Fort – Husdon Architects

Le Petit Fort by Hudson Architects is located in Jersey, Channel Islands
Le Petit Fort by Hudson Architects is located in Jersey, Channel Islands

Le Petit Fort, in Jersey, Channel Islands, was designed by Hudson Architects and occupies the site of a now-demolished farmstead constructed in the early 20th century.

The firm carefully restored the site's existing huge granite walls to ensure privacy for the home's occupants and provide a tough barrier to protect it from the nearby Jersey shoreline. The house itself boasts a floorspace of 471 sq m (5,069 sq ft) and was constructed using Jersey granite, steel, and timber paneling. Its muscular design, which was inspired by Napoleonic-era Martello fortress towers and WWII fortifications, sits very well amongst its surroundings.

Murphy House – Richard Murphy Architects

Murphy House by Richard Murphy Architects is located in Hart Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Murphy House by Richard Murphy Architects is located in Hart Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

Murphy House, by Richard Murphy Architects, is located within a World Heritage site in Edinburgh, Scotland, and serves as Richard Murphy's own home. Taking up a compact 11 x 6 m (36 x 19 ft) footprint, its style is influenced by Venetian architecture and has significant sustainable design elements.

A solar array on the roof reduces grid-based electricity requirements, and an efficient computer-controlled air-circulation system ensures fresh airflow throughout the home. Rainwater is collected and reused for toilet flushing and to supply a sprinkler system, while heat from a log-burning stove is reused to pre-heat hot water.

We'll be back later in the year to cover the competition's eventual winner, but until then head to the gallery to take a closer look at each of the houses in the running.

Source: RIBA

2 comments
Buellrider
How irresponsible to have a mirrored facade so that your home blends in. How many birds will kill themselves while just trying to fly to a mirrored tree or bush. Ridiculous.
ljaques
Perfect punishment for the "design" of these "houses" would be for the architects to have to live in them. (and have to clean up the dead birds themselves)