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Hebridean house wins 2014 Stephen Lawrence Prize

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Denizen Works’ House No7 on Tiree has won the 2014 Stephen Lawrence Prize

The ‘intelligent and witty’ house on the Scottish Isle of Tiree has picked up the £5,000 prize for the best UK project under £1million.

The scheme, which was also shortlisted for the Manser Medal, overhauled an existing cottage rebuilding the original structure and adding two extensions modelled on agricultural sheds.

The jury, which included Marco Goldschmied, Doreen Lawrence, head of RIBA Awards Tony Chapman and previous winners Joe Morris and Antony Boulanger, was unanimous in its decision to award the accolade to the family home.

Judge and Stephen Lawrence Prize founder Marco Goldschmied said: ‘House No 7 hails from a rich British tradition of buildings which are defined by the location of site and the traditional methods of vernacular construction. The rebuilt cottage and new living spaces cleverly wrap to create an intimate daylight space at its core.

‘The result is an inventive play on typology; the small cluster of different components creates a new identity while sitting comfortably in the landscape amongst other small traditional buildings.

‘It’s an intelligent and witty response to the functional and logistical challenges of location, orientation and isolation and worthy of the 2014 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize.’

The house saw off competition from DSDHA’s Alex Monroe Studio, vPPR’s Otts Yard housing in Camden, PAD Studio’s floating egg, 6a Architects’ house for architecture critic Rowan Moore, and a staircase in Devon by Gillespie Yunnie Architects.

The prize, which is supported by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, was set up in memory of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993. It is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets.

Last year the award was picked up by AY Architects’ £429,000 Montpelier Nursery in Camden.

 

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