RIBA'S list of extraordinary homes

Each year, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) puts forward a list of extraordinary homes for the RIBA House of the Year award. In June, the 2018 longlist was announced, with 20 projects vying for the title.

The awards, which have been running since 1966, recognise the skill and creativity of houses or house extensions that are designed by an architect in the UK. Projects can be of any size and budget, with some – such as this year’s ‘No. 37’ candidate, which cost just £100,000 – costing very little to achieve. The architects must be RIBA Chartered Architects to qualify for consideration.

Among those running for the UK’s most prestigious architectural award are:

  • A former gin distillery in East London, which was converted from a dilapidated shell into a modern family home
  • A Yorkshire farm shed, which was turned into a country cottage-cum-classical villa
  • A sustainable wooden house in Scotland
  • A former fly-tipping site that was developed into a property that explores concepts of architecture and sound
  • A renovation of a twentieth century house on the South Devon coastal path which expertly blends history and modernity


The full longlist of all 20 properties and accompanying details can be found here.

Winners of the award are eligible for consideration for the RIBA Stirling Prize. This year, the clay and concrete build materials manufacturer, Forterra, is sponsoring the awards for the first time.

The shortlist and winner will be announced in the autumn, with a Channel 4 documentary to support the award.

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