This year, 23 homes make up the “long list” of finalists for the RIBA’s Manser Medal, which is awarded every year to the best new house designed by an architect in the United Kingdom. The winner will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize ceremony on Thursday, October 16. The prize was created in 2001 to celebrate excellence in housing design and was named to honor Michael Manser CBE, a designer of exceptional homes and former RIBA President.
“The 2014 RIBA Manser Medal long list reveals the most innovative, sustainable and beautiful new homes to have been completed in the past year," said Stephen Hodder, President of RIBA. "The exciting line-up is a testimony to the wonderful talent and achievements of some of the UK's best architects."
This year’s judges are Manser; Robert Hiscox, Honorary President of Hiscox; Lady Patty Hopkins and Carl Turner, the 2013 recipients of the Manser Medal; and Tony Chapman, RIBA Head of Awards.
Here’s a look at the houses and architecture firms up for the prize:
Luker House by Jamie Fobert Architects
Tree House by 6a Architects
WoodBlock House by dRMM Architects
Lens House by Alison Brooks Architects
Quarn Lodge by Simon Foote Architects
High Edge by Evans Vettori
New Barn by Rural Office for Architecture
Stormy Castle by Loyn & Co. Architects
Treetops by Howarth Litchfield Partnership
Wildfowl Cottage by 5th Studio
Broombank by SOUP Architects
Private House by James Gorst Architects
The Arboretum by Cowper Griffith
Underbank House by Prue Chiles Architects
121 The Kench by MELOY Architects
Farningham House Cottage by Emrys Architects
Chalk Ridge by SCD Architects
Wedge House by SOUP Architects
Red Bridge House by Smerin Architects
Westering by Annie Martin Architect
Loughloughan Barn by McGarry-Moon Architects
Cliff House, Isle of Skye by Dualchas Architects
House no 7, Isle of Tiree by Denizen Works
Previous winners include Carl Turner Architects for Slip House (2013), Acme for Hunsett Mill (2010) and Alison Brooks Architects for the Salt House (2007).