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RIBA reveals 2011 Manser Prize longlist

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The RIBA has announced the 17 ‘best new houses’ vying for this year’s Manser Medal and a first prize worth £10,000

The annual award, which is run in association with HSBC Private Bank, recognises the best new house or major extension in the UK.

The 2011 longlist includes projects ranging from ‘small urban homes squeezed into tight city sites to woodland hideaways and dramatic beachfront villas’.

The shortlist for the medal will be announced on 8 September 2011 and the winner will be announced on 10 November 2011 at a prize ceremony at the RIBA

The full longlist is:

  • Balancing Barn, Suffolk by MVRDV in collaboration with Mole Architects
  • Bavent House, Suffolk by Hudson Architects
  • Blue Door, Monmouthshire by Hall & Bednarczyk Architects
  • Carnathan Lane, Northern Ireland by Twenty-Two Over Seven
  • Hampstead Lane, London by Duggan Morris Architects
  • House in Epsom, Surrey by Eldridge Smerin
  • Hoxton House, London by David Mikhail Architects
  • Love Shack, Lake District by Sutherland Hussey Architects
  • Meat Factory, Nottingham by Marsh:Grochowski Architects
  • New Mission Hall, Sussex by Adam Richards Architects
  • Shadow House, London by Liddicoat & Goldhill
  • Shingle House, Dungeness, Kent by NORD Architecture
  • Strange House, London by Hugh Strange Architects
  • The Houl, Castle Douglas, Scotland by Simon Winstanley Architects
  • Ty-Hedfan, Brecon, Wales by Featherstone Young
  • Watson House New Forest by John Pardey Architects
  • White House, Isle of Coll, Hebrides by WT Architecture

Ruth Reed, RIBA President, said: ‘The best new private homes are those designed by an architect to meet the client’s personal needs and aspirations and add real value to the homeowner’s life and happiness.

‘This year’s longlist for the RIBA Manser Medal in association with HSBC Private Bank recognises some truly exceptional and exciting private houses, with projects located in the farthest reaches of the UK.  On the Hebridean Isle of Coll and on the shingle shore of Dungeness young architects have brought old buildings back to life as new homes.  In Brecon and Suffolk architects have created exceptionally daring houses with cantilevered floors and structural tricks aplenty. The results - our longlist -are breathtaking, and should lead to the best ever shortlist.’

White House, Isle of Coll, Hebrides by WT Architecture

White House, Isle of Coll, Hebrides by WT Architecture


This year’s judges include: Michael Manser, architect; Friedrich Ludwig, architect with ACME; Peter Mackie, managing director of Property Vision (subsidiary of HSBC Private Bank); Tony Chapman, RIBA head of awards

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