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Manser Medal 2010: full shortlist unveiled

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The RIBA has announced the six ‘best new houses’ shortlisted for this year’s revamped Manser Medal

Among the finalists is Theis and Khan’s Stirling Prize-shortlisted Bateman’s Row scheme and James Gorst’s Leaf House (AJ 30.04.10).

Relaunched in June, the award is now backed by HSBC Private Bank and boasts a new top prize of £10,000.

The six finalists were unveiled at tonight’s televised Stirling Prize ceremony (2 October) with the eventual winner due to be named at a special event at the RIBA on 11 November 2010.

The full list of finalists:

  • Bateman’s Row, London by Theis and Khan
  • Furzey Hall Farm, Gloucestershire by Waugh Thisleton Architects
  • Leaf House, London by James Gorst Architects
  • Hunsett Mill, Norfolk Broads by Acme
  • Martello Tower Y, Suffolk by Piercy Conner Architects with Billings Jackson Industrial Design
  • Zero Carbon House, Birmingham by John Christophers

Previous winners of the Manser Medal include Pitman Tozer Architects for The Gap House (2009), Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for Oxley Woods (2008) and Alison Brooks Architects for the Salt House (2007).

Ruth Reed, RIBA President, said: ‘“Designing houses for private clients is always a great opportunity for architects –especially new or smaller practices – to make their name.

‘Yet it is one of the hardest things to get right. On such personal projects the client is understandably very demanding and will have an idea of where they want to end up even if they are not quite sure how to get there.  When the relationship works the results can be astonishing – as this list shows. All of the shortlisted buildings worked within very close constraints – of heritage, space or money to produce the fantastically varied shortlist that we have today.’

Judges for this year’s award are: Michael Manser, HSBC Private Bank’s property expert Peter Mackie, architects Luke Tozer from Pitman Tozer, Deborah Saunt from DSDHA and RIBA’s Head of Awards Tony Chapman.


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  • I do enjoy Bateman Row - But as the president of the RIBA has pointed out, designing houses is all about the difficult business of developing a successful relationship with a client. Since Theis and Khan are both client and architect and indeed live and work in their project - should it be on this shortlist? Or am I missing something? What are the three flats which have clearly funded the developement like?

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