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Which of these new homes will be declared Britain's best?

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Black House is one of the 20 homes featured in this year's RIBA House of the Year 
Black House is one of the 20 homes featured in this year's RIBA House of the Year 
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113 - 115 Ouseburn Road is located in Newcastle upon Tyne
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113 - 115 Ouseburn Road is located in Newcastle upon Tyne
113 - 115 Ouseburn Road was designed by Miller Partnership Architects
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113 - 115 Ouseburn Road was designed by Miller Partnership Architects
113 - 115 Ouseburn Road consists of two houses designed by the same team
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113 - 115 Ouseburn Road consists of two houses designed by the same team
113 - 115 Ouseburn Road responds to the needs of elderly people wanting to stay locally but looking to downsize
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113 - 115 Ouseburn Road responds to the needs of elderly people wanting to stay locally but looking to downsize
113 - 115 Ouseburn Road's two houses share lightwells and garden areas 
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113 - 115 Ouseburn Road's two houses share lightwells and garden areas 
Berkshire House is located in Reading
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Berkshire House is located in Reading
Berkshire House was designed by Gregory Phillips Architects
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Berkshire House was designed by Gregory Phillips Architects
Berkshire House's building materials were selected to fit a muted palette of grays and soft Scandinavian-style tones
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Berkshire House's building materials were selected to fit a muted palette of grays and soft Scandinavian-style tones
Berkshire House is an exemplary modern house
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Berkshire House is an exemplary modern house
Berkshire House features generous glazing to make the most of the views
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Berkshire House features generous glazing to make the most of the views
Black House is located in Kent
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Black House is located in Kent
Black House is one of the 20 homes featured in this year's RIBA House of the Year 
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Black House is one of the 20 homes featured in this year's RIBA House of the Year 
Black House is a contemporary high-end house that impressed the judges for its crisp, clean lines
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Black House is a contemporary high-end house that impressed the judges for its crisp, clean lines
Black House was designed by AR Design Studio
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Black House was designed by AR Design Studio
Black House's design is part-inspired by the extensive gardens of a nearby castle 
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Black House's design is part-inspired by the extensive gardens of a nearby castle 
Black Stone Buildings features an abstract slate-like facade 
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Black Stone Buildings features an abstract slate-like facade 
Black Stone Buildings is a residential project that includes a total of three homes
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Black Stone Buildings is a residential project that includes a total of three homes
Black Stone Buildings was designed by 6a architects
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Black Stone Buildings was designed by 6a architects
Black Stone Buildings takes the form of an unusual and irregular stacked block 
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Black Stone Buildings takes the form of an unusual and irregular stacked block 
Black Stone Buildings is located in London
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Black Stone Buildings is located in London
Caroline Place is located in London 
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Caroline Place is located in London 
Caroline Place was designed by Amin Taha + Groupwork 
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Caroline Place was designed by Amin Taha + Groupwork 
Caroline Place involved the refurbishment of a suburban home 
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Caroline Place involved the refurbishment of a suburban home 
Caroline Place is a work of residential architecture with a sense of quirkiness
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Caroline Place is a work of residential architecture with a sense of quirkiness
Caroline Place involved the refurbishment of a suburban home 
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Caroline Place involved the refurbishment of a suburban home 
Coastal House is located in Devon 
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Coastal House is located in Devon 
Coastal House was designed by 6a architects 
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Coastal House was designed by 6a architects 
Coastal House is involved the renovation of an early twentieth century house close to the South Devon coast
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Coastal House is involved the renovation of an early twentieth century house close to the South Devon coast
Coastal House's interior has been totally transformed and modernized 
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Coastal House's interior has been totally transformed and modernized 
Coastal House's renovation involved several years of back and forth dialogue between client and architects
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Coastal House's renovation involved several years of back and forth dialogue between client and architects
Dartmouth Park House is located in London 
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Dartmouth Park House is located in London 
Dartmouth Park House was designed by AY Architects
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Dartmouth Park House was designed by AY Architects
Dartmouth Park House involved the conversion of an over-developed Victorian terraced house into an unusual home 
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Dartmouth Park House involved the conversion of an over-developed Victorian terraced house into an unusual home 
Dartmouth Park House's second story sees the floor, walls and ceiling stripped back to reveal the original brick and timber
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Dartmouth Park House's second story sees the floor, walls and ceiling stripped back to reveal the original brick and timber
Dartmouth Park House's renovation involved opening up the building to increase daylight inside
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Dartmouth Park House's renovation involved opening up the building to increase daylight inside
Duncan Cottage was designed by James Grayley Architects
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Duncan Cottage was designed by James Grayley Architects
Duncan Cottage is located in Bath
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Duncan Cottage is located in Bath
Duncan Cottage was designed by James Grayley Architects
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Duncan Cottage was designed by James Grayley Architects
Duncan Cottage involved the renovation and extension of a listed building 
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Duncan Cottage involved the renovation and extension of a listed building 
Duncan Cottage's renovation involved local materials and builders 
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Duncan Cottage's renovation involved local materials and builders 
Fitzrovia House is located in London 
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Fitzrovia House is located in London 
Fitzrovia House was designed by Carmody Groarke
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Fitzrovia House was designed by Carmody Groarke
Fitzrovia House involved the careful restoration of a historically protected  townhouse into a family home for its art collector clients
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Fitzrovia House involved the careful restoration of a historically protected  townhouse into a family home for its art collector clients
Fitzrovia House is a six-story terrace originally built in 1827 
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Fitzrovia House is a six-story terrace originally built in 1827 
Gin Distillery is located in London
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Gin Distillery is located in London
Gin Distillery was designed by Carmody Groarke
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Gin Distillery was designed by Carmody Groarke
As its name suggests, Gin Distillery is a former gin distillery that was purchased in a derelict state and renovated into a family home
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As its name suggests, Gin Distillery is a former gin distillery that was purchased in a derelict state and renovated into a family home
Gin Distillery's owners chose to retain much of the original materials
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Gin Distillery's owners chose to retain much of the original materials
Gin Distillery is so well hidden away in central London that RIBA's judges couldn't actually find it 
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Gin Distillery is so well hidden away in central London that RIBA's judges couldn't actually find it 
Lochside House is located in West Highlands, Scotland
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Lochside House is located in West Highlands, Scotland
Lochside House was designed by Haysom Ward Miller Architects
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Lochside House was designed by Haysom Ward Miller Architects
Lochside House's scale, material choices, use of the setting and integration into the landscape all impressed the judges
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Lochside House's scale, material choices, use of the setting and integration into the landscape all impressed the judges
Lochside House was completed in June, 2017
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Lochside House was completed in June, 2017
Lochside House makes use of sustainably-sourced building materials, including wood 
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Lochside House makes use of sustainably-sourced building materials, including wood 
no 37 is located in Belfast, Northern Ireland 
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no 37 is located in Belfast, Northern Ireland 
no 37 was designed by FAMILY architects designers makers
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no 37 was designed by FAMILY architects designers makers
no 37 was designed for a couple seeking to downsize and live in the city
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no 37 was designed for a couple seeking to downsize and live in the city
no 37 is described as a playful black timber clad dwelling by RIBA's judges 
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no 37 is described as a playful black timber clad dwelling by RIBA's judges 
no 37 measures a relatively small 56 sq m (602 sq ft), for an architect-designed home
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no 37 measures a relatively small 56 sq m (602 sq ft), for an architect-designed home
Oatlands Close is located in Surrey 
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Oatlands Close is located in Surrey 
Oatlands Close was designed by SOUP Architects 
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Oatlands Close was designed by SOUP Architects 
Oatlands Close involves the renovation and extension of a family home 
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Oatlands Close involves the renovation and extension of a family home 
Oatlands Close's new additions are made from concrete and topped with green roofs
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Oatlands Close's new additions are made from concrete and topped with green roofs
Oatlands Close previously won a RIBA Small Project of the Year award 
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Oatlands Close previously won a RIBA Small Project of the Year award 
Old Shed New House is located in Yorkshire 
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Old Shed New House is located in Yorkshire 
Old Shed New House was designed by Tonkin Liu
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Old Shed New House was designed by Tonkin Liu
Old Shed New House involved turning an old farm shed into a sustainable home
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Old Shed New House involved turning an old farm shed into a sustainable home
Old Shed New House follows a passivhaus strategy of high insulation and high air tightness, complemented by mechanical ventilation with heat recovery
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Old Shed New House follows a passivhaus strategy of high insulation and high air tightness, complemented by mechanical ventilation with heat recovery
Old Shed New House is very energy efficient and inexpensive to maintain a comfortable temperature
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Old Shed New House is very energy efficient and inexpensive to maintain a comfortable temperature
Pheasants is located in Henley on Thames
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Pheasants is located in Henley on Thames
Pheasants was designed by Sarah Griffiths + Amin Taha
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Pheasants was designed by Sarah Griffiths + Amin Taha
Pheasants took more than a decade to realize thanks to serious issues with gaining planning permission 
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Pheasants took more than a decade to realize thanks to serious issues with gaining planning permission 
Pheasants is a spacious and modern family home 
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Pheasants is a spacious and modern family home 
Pheasants is located close to the Thames river
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Pheasants is located close to the Thames river
Red House is located in London 
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Red House is located in London 
Red House was designed by 31/44 Architects
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Red House was designed by 31/44 Architects
Red House is a new home designed to match the size, scale and character of the surrounding two-storey terraced homes
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Red House is a new home designed to match the size, scale and character of the surrounding two-storey terraced homes
Red House fits into an awkward space at the end of a street of terraces 
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Red House fits into an awkward space at the end of a street of terraces 
Red House is arranged over three floors 
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Red House is arranged over three floors 
Shropshire Residence is located in Shropshire and was designed by Gregory Phillips Architects
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Shropshire Residence is located in Shropshire and was designed by Gregory Phillips Architects
Shropshire Residence is described as an heir to an English tradition of grand country homes by RIBA
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Shropshire Residence is described as an heir to an English tradition of grand country homes by RIBA
The Makers House is located in London 
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The Makers House is located in London 
The Makers House was designed by Liddicoat & Goldhill LLP
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The Makers House was designed by Liddicoat & Goldhill LLP
The Makers House is a new build that sits among a terrace of semi-detached villas
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The Makers House is a new build that sits among a terrace of semi-detached villas
The Makers House is arranged over four floors
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The Makers House is arranged over four floors
The Makers House takes its place well amid the local area
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The Makers House takes its place well amid the local area
The Old Court House is located in Worcestershire
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The Old Court House is located in Worcestershire
The Old Court House was designed by Harrison Brookes Architects
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The Old Court House was designed by Harrison Brookes Architects
The Old Court House involved an extensive restoration of a house that was so dilapidated it was near collapse
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The Old Court House involved an extensive restoration of a house that was so dilapidated it was near collapse
The Old Court House, pictured in its former state
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The Old Court House, pictured in its former state
The Old Court House originally dates back to around 1510
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The Old Court House originally dates back to around 1510
Vex is located in London 
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Vex is located in London 
Vex was designed by Chance de Silva & Scanner
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Vex was designed by Chance de Silva & Scanner
Vex is located on a small cramped site formerly used for fly tipping
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Vex is located on a small cramped site formerly used for fly tipping
Vex's design was inspired by the music piece Vexations by Erik Satie
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Vex's design was inspired by the music piece Vexations by Erik Satie
Vex took a total of eight years to realize 
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Vex took a total of eight years to realize 

RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects) has unveiled its annual pick of the best new homes in the UK. Highlights include an agricultural shed turned into an impressively sustainable residence and an unusual circular house built on a plot previously used for the illegal dumping of waste.

As was the case last year, most of the 20 homes that feature in the RIBA House of the Year 2018 longlist are located in the south of England, though there are a few further north, as well as a single Scottish entry and another in Northern Ireland (Wales, as usual, didn't field an entry).

The 20 homes will be whittled down to a shortlist in the coming months and an overall winner will eventually be declared later this year.

Old Shed New House is very energy efficient and inexpensive to maintain a comfortable temperature
Old Shed New House is very energy efficient and inexpensive to maintain a comfortable temperature

Old Shed New House involved the transformation of an agricultural shed in Yorkshire. Architects Tonkin Liu added a comfortable interior containing a residence, library, and an art gallery. It's also very energy efficient and has large amounts of insulation installed, as well as high levels of air tightness, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems – all of which means that it'll require very little energy to heat and cool.

Vex was designed by Chance de Silva & Scanner
Vex was designed by Chance de Silva & Scanner

Neighbors of a cramped plot in London used for the illegal dumping of waste suggested to architects Chance de Silva that it could be turned into a private house. The firm obliged and collaborated with sound artist Scanner to produce Vex, a compact curving home inspired by the piece of music Vexations by French avant-garde composer Erik Satie.

Lochside House is located in West Highlands, Scotland
Lochside House is located in West Highlands, Scotland

Moving out into the countryside, the single entry from Scotland on the House of the Year longlist is Lochside House. Already having the RIBA Award for Scotland 2018 under its belt, the sustainable design from HaysomWardMiller Architects caught the eye of the judges for its success in blending into the harsh beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Head to the gallery to see each of the 20 homes featured in the RIBA House of the Year 2018 longlist, including the renovation of a house built in 1510 that was in a near-state of collapse, the transformation of a Gin Distillery into a family home, and several new high-end contemporary residences.

Source: RIBA

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