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House of the Year 2022 longlist announced

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Chris Foges

The RIBA has 20 long-listed homes to choose from when it selects the House of the Year – a task that won’t be made any easier by the diverse range of different projects

The quest to find the RIBA House of the Year 2022 has kicked off with the announcement of a 20-strong longlist – a diverse assortment of projects encompassing both the lean and the lavish, with a broad geographic distribution (though nothing in Wales), and representing the work of both new and established practices.  

  • The Dutch Barn by Sandy Rendel Architects.
    The Dutch Barn by Sandy Rendel Architects. Credit: Richard Chivers
  • Norfolk Barn by 31/44 Architects and Taylor Made Space.
    Norfolk Barn by 31/44 Architects and Taylor Made Space. Credit: Nick Dearden
  • The Cowshed by Crawshaw Architects.
    The Cowshed by Crawshaw Architects. Credit: Ingrid Rasmussen
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New-build houses make up just half of the list, with the remainder comprising conversions, renovations or extensions of existing buildings. Among them are a trio of new homes in former agricultural buildings. 31/44 Architects’ conversion of a modern Norfolk grain store maintains a barn-like outward appearance, while inside the volume of the steel-framed shed is exploited to dramatic effect. Rustic references abound in Sandy Rendel Architects’ Dutch Barn in West Sussex, where a Corten-clad tower – resembling a weathered silo – provides a viewing platform over public prairie gardens. In Dorset, Crawshaw Architects’ reinvention of an old cowshed replaces cattle stalls with an oak-framed library.

  • The Garden Studio by Brisco Loran Architects.
    The Garden Studio by Brisco Loran Architects. Credit: Nick Dearden
  • The Parchment Works by Will Gamble Architects.
    The Parchment Works by Will Gamble Architects. Credit: Johan Dehlin
  • Mountain View by CAN.
    Mountain View by CAN. Credit: Jim Stephenson
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Extension projects among the nominees showcase the creativity of new and emerging practices. Will Gamble Architects’ Parchment Works takes an inventive approach to reuse and material upcycling, binding a ruined cattle shed to a grade-II-listed Victorian house in Northampton. CAN’s Mountain View references Disneyland’s Matterhorn bobsled ride in the roofline of a south London garden room. Brisco Loran Architects’ Garden Studio is a modest addition that enriches the spatial and material character of a Norwich house, using reclaimed materials to reduce whole-life carbon impact.

  • Mews House Deep Retrofit by Prewett Bizley Architects.
    Mews House Deep Retrofit by Prewett Bizley Architects. Credit: Andrew Meredith
  • Ravine House by Chiles Evans + Care Architects.
    Ravine House by Chiles Evans + Care Architects. Credit: Dug Wilder
  • The Den by Technique Architecture and Design in collaboration with Stallan-Brand.
    The Den by Technique Architecture and Design in collaboration with Stallan-Brand. Credit: Dapple photography
  • Suffolk Cottage by Haysom Ward Miller Architects.
    Suffolk Cottage by Haysom Ward Miller Architects. Credit: Richard Fraser
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Sustainability is a recurrent concern among the longlisted renovation projects, which range from Prewett Bizley’s low-energy retrofit of a west London mews house to Chiles Evans + Care Architects’ painstaking renewal of the quirky Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Ravine House in Derbyshire. Combining two flats into a holiday home at Tighnabruaich, Scotland, Technique Architecture has wrapped the building in a new insulated metal jacket, allowing the stone walls to remain visible inside while improving energy efficiency. In remodelling and extending an old stone cottage in Suffolk, HaysomWardMiller Architects has achieved levels of thermal performance close to the Passivhaus standard. 

  • Ostro Passivhaus by Paper Igloo.
    Ostro Passivhaus by Paper Igloo. Credit: David Barbour
  • Mere House by Mole Architects.
    Mere House by Mole Architects. Credit: Matt Smith
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Passivhaus principles were also followed in Mole Architects’ Mere House, a newbuild low-energy home in Huntingdon, and by Paper Igloo in a self-built low-budget home in the semi-rural setting of Kippen, Stirlingshire.

  • The Red House by David Kohn Architects.
    The Red House by David Kohn Architects. Credit: Will Pryce
  • Seabreeze by RX Architects.
    Seabreeze by RX Architects. Credit: Richard Chivers
  • House at Lough Beg by McGonigle McGrath.
    House at Lough Beg by McGonigle McGrath. Credit: Aidan McGrath
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Other out-of-town contenders are David Kohn Architects’ Red House – an arts & crafts-inspired family home in North Dorset – and the House at Lough Beg by McGonigle McGrath. (The Belfast practice is one of three former House of the Year winners on this year’s longlist, together with HaysomWardMiller and Macdonald Wright Architects). RX Architects’ Seabreeze is designed to withstand the coastal rigours of Camber Sands.

  • Surbiton Springs by Surman Weston.
    Surbiton Springs by Surman Weston. Credit: Johan Dehlin
  • Derwent Valley Villa by Blee Halligan.
    Derwent Valley Villa by Blee Halligan. Credit: Henry Woide
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Suburban contexts are addressed in different ways by two new houses that have replaced existing bungalows. Surman Weston’s Surbiton Springs embraces local character, making references to mock Tudor and Art Deco as well as Californian modernism. Blee Halligan’s Derwent Valley Villa is cleverly arranged to direct views towards open countryside and create a feeling of privacy in the house and surrounding courtyard gardens, despite the close proximity of neighbours. 

  • The Library House by Macdonald Wright Architects.
    The Library House by Macdonald Wright Architects. Credit: Heiko Prigge.
  • Leyton House by McMahon Architecture.
    Leyton House by McMahon Architecture. Credit: Fernando Manoso
  • Peeking House by Fletcher Crane Architects.
    Peeking House by Fletcher Crane Architects. Credit: Lorenzo Zandri
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Tight constraints are common to the three new-build urban houses on the longlist, all of which are in London: Macdonald Wright Architects’ bijou Library House is just 4m wide; Fletcher Crane Architects has used a split section at Peeking House to maximise the potential of a restricted former garage site; and smart planning of Leyton House allowed McMahon Architecture to achieve nearly twice the floor area previously consented on a small plot.

The shortlist and winner will be revealed in the seventh series of Channel 4’s Grand Designs: House of the Year, airing later this year.

Ostro Passivhaus by Paper Igloo

The Red House by David Kohn Architects

Seabreeze by RX Architects

Derwent Valley Villa by Blee Halligan

Mere House by Mole Architects

House at Lough Beg by McGonigle McGrath

Surbiton Springs by Surman Weston

The Library House by Macdonald Wright Architects

Leyton House by McMahon Architecture

Peeking House by Fletcher Crane Architects

The Dutch Barn by Sandy Rendel Architects

Norfolk Barn by 31/44 Architects and Taylor Made Space

The Cowshed by Crawshaw Architects

Ravine House by Chiles Evans + Care Architects

The Den by Technique Architecture and Design in collaboration with Stallan-Brand

The Garden Studio by Brisco Loran Architects

The Parchment Works by Will Gamble Architects

Mountain View by CAN

Suffolk Cottage by Haysom Ward Miller Architects

Mews House Deep Retrofit by Prewett Bizley Architects

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