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Loyn & Co’s 'brave' Stormy Castle bags 2014 Manser Medal

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Loyn & Co’s ‘brave and contemporary’ house on the Gower Peninsula has been named ‘Britain’s best new home’

The three-bedroom home, which sits within the Gower’s Area of Outstanding National Beauty, was praised by the judges for evoking a ‘raw, honest aesthetic’.

Cardiff-based Loyn and Co saw off competition from Alison Brooks Architects’ Lens House, a brick home by Jamie Fobert Architects, Dualchas Architects’ house on the Isle of Skye, MELOY Architects’ seaside home, and Denizen Works’ Hebridean house.

Chair of the judges, Michael Manser, said: ‘The aim of the Manser Medal has always been to influence the public to demand, and the mass house builders to supply, better designed homes. I believe by highlighting brave architecture like this year’s winner Stormy Castle we can showcase what can be achieved.

‘This is a bold design in an area of Wales where arguably more conservative design solutions usually hold sway. I was impressed by the sustainability credentials, with a comprehensive range of energy, recycling and heating strategies incorporated into the design, which will be invaluable in dealing with such a large footprint.’

The scheme, which picked up a RIBA Wales Regional Award, controversially missed out on a National Award earlier this year.

The house which features three stepped wings set into the landscape, also picked up the Welsh Gold Medal back in August.

This year’s judging panel for the award included Michael Manser, Patty Hopkins, last year’s winner Carl Turner, RIBA head of awards Tony Chapman, and Robert Hiscox from the sponsor Hiscox.

Last year the prize was awarded to Carl Turner Architects for its translucent home in Brixton.

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