RIBA names top 20 houses for 2017 in House of the Year Award longlist

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RIBA names top 20 homes for 2017 in House of the Year award longlist

Richard Meier's first UK building and a cork-covered holiday home in Essex marshland are among the 20 contenders for this year's RIBA House of the Year Award.

The Royal Institute of British Architects' annual award is given to the best house or extension completed by an architect in the UK in the last year.

Included in this year's longlist is a Dorset retirement home by Ström Architects, which first featured on Dezeen as a series of hugely popular renderings three years ago, and a residence with rippling white walls that crowns the White Cliffs of Dover by Tonkin Liu.

Oxfordshire Residence; Oxfordshire, England, by Richard Meier & Partners Architects

The 2017 RIBA House of the Year Award longlist follows the announcement of the 2017 RIBA National Awards earlier today.

There's a cross-over between the two lists, with Shawm House by MawsonKerr Architects, and Caring Wood by Macdonald Wright Architects and Rural Office for Architecture both longlisted for the House of the Year Award and recognised in this year's RIBA National Awards – putting them both in the running for the illustrious Stirling Prize.

The winner of the 2017 RIBA House of the Year Award will be announced this autumn.

Woodman's Treehouse; Dorset, England, by Brownie Ernst and Marks

Last year, the award went to Richard Murphy's "box of tricks" house in Edinburgh, which features secret hatches, moving walls and a sliding ladder.

Past winners of the award, which was originally set up in 2001 as the Manser Medal, include Skene Catling de la Peña for the Flint House and and Carl Turner Architects for Slip House.

Scroll down to see the full list of this year's contenders:


› Peacock House; Suffolk, England, by BHSF Architekten with Studio-P
› Redshank; Essex, England, by Lisa Shell Architects with Marcus Taylor
Shawm House; Northumberland, England, by MawsonKerr Architects
› No 49; London, England, 31/44 Architects

Highgate House; London, England, by Carmody Groarke

› The Cooperage; London, England, by Chris Dyson Architects
Hidden House; London, England, by Coffey Architects
› Whole House; London, England, by Hayhurst and Co
› 6 Wood Lane; London, England, by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects
Highgate House; London, England, by Carmody Groarke

The Quest; Dorset, England, by Strom Architects

› Cob Corner; Devon, England, by David Sheppard Architects
› Hill House; Bath, England, by Mike Keys and Anne Claxton
The Quest; Dorset, England, by Strom Architects
› Woodsman's Treehouse; Dorset, England, by Brownlie Ernst and Marks
Oxfordshire Residence; Oxfordshire, England, by Richard Meier & Partners Architects with Berman Guedes Stretton

Hidden House; London, England, by Coffey Architects

Caring Wood; Kent, England, by Macdonald Wright Architects and Rural Office for Architecture
› South Street; East Sussex, England, by Sandy Rendel Architects
Ness Point; Kent, England, by Tonkin Liu
› Newhouse of Auchengee; Ayrshire, Scotland, by Ann Nisbet Studio
› Edinburgh Rd; Edinburgh, Scotland, by A449 Architects
› Fernaig Cottage; Wester Ross, Scotland, by Scampton and Barnett Architects