House envy? 20 extraordinary new British homes in the running for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the longlist for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year Award, the UK’s most prestigious award for a new house or extension.

Amongst the 20 architect-designed homes in the running for the award are a contemporary part-house part-gallery on the beach in Brighton & Hove (The Narrow House), a Japanese inspired terraced house extension (House of Trace),  a new family home in Jersey rising from the huge granite walls of an earlier building on the site (Le Petit Fort),  a stunning beach house in Dungeness that echoes the areas former  fishing huts, an ingenious and contemporary take on a traditional lean-to in Harrogate (Contemporary Lean To) and a house in Cornwall that hovers dramatically over a cliff to take in the enviable views across the Fal Estuary (The Owers House).

RIBA House of the Year is proudly supported by Hiscox & Paint and Paper Library.

The 20 new homes on the longlist for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year are:

 HouseArchitectLocation
1Ansty Plum,Coppin DockrayAnsty, Wiltshire, England
2Contemporary Lean-toDoma ArchitectsHarrogate, Yorkshire, England
3Contour HouseSanei Hopkins ArchitectsBaslow, Derbyshire, England
4Covert HouseDSDHAClapham Old Town, London, England
5Edge HillSutherland Hussey HarrisDarras Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
6Garden HouseHayhurst and Co.Hackney, London, England
7House of TraceTsuruta ArchitectsLewisham, London, England
8Le Petit FortHudson ArchitectsJersey, Channel Islands
9Modern MewsCoffey ArchitectsLondon, England
10Murphy HouseRichard Murphy ArchitectsHart Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
11North VatRodic Davidson ArchitectsDungeness, Kent, England
12OuthouseLoyn & CoForest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England
13Private House in CumbriaBennetts AssociatesCumbria, England
14The Cheeran HouseJohn Pardey ArchitectsReading, Berkshire, England
15The Narrow HouseSanei Hopkins ArchitectsBrighton & Hove, England
16The Owers HouseJohn Pardey ArchitectsFeock, Cornwall, England
17House 19Jestico + WhilesOld Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
18Private House 1109GA Studio ArchitectsCheshire, England
19Tin HouseHenning Stummel ArchitectsShepherd’s Bush, London, England
20Zinc-HouseLJR+H Chartered Architectsnear Monikie, Angus, Scotland

The RIBA House of the Year award will be broadcast as part of a special Channel 4 Grand Designs series, presented by Kevin McCloud. Now in its second year, Grand Designs: House of the Year, produced by Boundless, is to be broadcast weekly for four weeks later in the year. Featuring a selection of properties from the longlist for the UK’s most prestigious new house award, it will reveal the shortlisted and winning homes.

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