The RIBA has taken the surprise decision to include two RIBA Regional Award winners ahead of national award-winning schemes on its shortlist for this year’s Manser Medal.
Until this year, finalists for the UK’s most prestigious one-off house design award were chosen solely from the RIBA Award winners.
However, due to a change in the rules, the 2012 shortlist includes RIBA Regional Award-winning schemes, including a house in Sussex by Duggan Morris and an eco-homes scheme in Cornwall by Simon Conder Associates.
Among the national winners overlooked for the medal are Bogbain Mill by Rural Design Architects, Kings Grove by Duggan Morris, North House by Roger Stephenson Architects and Northern Irish schemes Glenariffe, Antirm by McGarry Moon and Osborne Park, Belfast by ARD.
A spokeswoman for the RIBA explained: ‘The Manser Medal judges are a specialist housing jury. They have a slightly different emphasis and criteria [to the RIBA Award judges] and they are judging projects more on how the schemes have met the clients’ needs. Has the client been given something they really wanted?’
She added: ‘It seemed the right thing to do to give all the homes which have won awards the opportunity to be judged [on these grounds].’
This year’s judges included: Michael Manser; Jill Ritblat; and RIBA’s head of awards Tony Chapman.
The winner be presented at the Stirling Prize ceremony on 13 October.
The shortlist in full
dune house, thorpeness, suffolk
Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects and Mole Architects The 243m2 scheme for Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture, with its four tent-like attic bedrooms, was described by the judges as a conceptually ‘bold project’ and both ‘well detailed and constructed’
old bearhurst, sussex
Duggan Morris Architects The £1.36 million scheme overhauled an oast house and was hailed as an ‘exemplary approach to contemporary rural renovation’, for which it won a RIBA Regional Award
two passive solar gain houses, porthtowan, cornwall
Simon Conder Associates These RIBA Regional Award-winning hillside houses – a family home and an artist’s studio – impressed the
judges for creating a ‘balance between feeling exposed and contained’
maison l, ile de france
Christian Pottgiesser, Architecturespossibles The architect took on a ‘difficult brief’ for a house extension on an undulating site and created a home with five concrete mini-towers
ladlecombe cottage, gloucestershire
Found Associates This mainly subterranean 472m2 scheme – essentially a grass-roofed extension to a neglected gamekeeper’s cottage – was praised for its detailing and materials
Source: Hufton Crow