Loyn & Co’s ‘timeless’ house for a pair of artists in rural Gloucestershire is the winner of the 2016 Manser Medal
Outhouse, which missed out to Caruso St John’s Newport Street Gallery in this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize, was named the UK’s best new house at a ceremony in London on Friday (14 October).
The 490m² house sits on a sloping plot overlooking the Wye Valley and features a series of courtyards, artists studios and a large, open plan kitchen and living spaces.
The ‘relaxing [yet] intensely stimulating’ scheme saw off five other shortlisted homes, including Sandy Rendel Architects’ Cor-ten-clad home in Lewes, and AJ Small Projects Awards 2016 finalist the Folds by Bureau de Changer.
- Ansty Plum House by Coppin Dockray
- North Vat by Rodic Davidson Architects
- Gasworks by Chris Dyson Architects
- 142 South Street by Sandy Rendel Architects
- Outhouse by Loyn & Co
- Folds by Bureau de Change
The accolade, which celebrates the best one-off houses in the UK and offers a £5,000 first prize, was originally set up by the late Michael Manser in 2001 to inspire innovation in house design and was backed for many years by the RIBA.
In 2015 the institute rebranded the annual award as the RIBA House of the Year Award, complete with its own four-part television series.
But the Manser name has returned this year with the medal resurrected as part of the Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2016.
This year the prize was judged by the late Michael Manser’s son, Jonathan Manser, alongside architect and sustainability expert Lynne Sullivan and 2009 Manser Medal winner Luke Tozer of Pitman Tozer Architects.
Commenting on the winner Manser said: ‘Outhouse feels as though it is not a new house. It has matured overnight into a genuine classic and this is a strange and rather wonderful achievement.’
Ground floor plan
Drawings loyn ground
Drawings loyn section
Drawings loyn axo
East and west elevations
Drawings loyn east west elevation
Drawings loyn south elevation
Manser Medal jury’s citation
The judges enjoyed its multi-faceted appeal: a classic Modernist construct with a timeless quality but robust and capable of being inhabited and evolving; an energy-efficient exemplar of controlled environment but at one with the landscape and allowing changing weather and light conditions to be experienced through diversity of windows, rooflights and internal courtyards; apparently a house embedded in the hillside with a single long façade opening to the striking view, but whose soul equally derives from the layering of views through courtyards of differing characters and potential functions.
The layout and material quality had rigour but was relaxed, the effect was both relaxing and intensely stimulating.
Start on site May 2013
Completion December 2014
Gross internal floor area 490m²
Form of contract Design and Build
Construction cost Undisclosed
Architect Loyn & Co
Structural engineer WL2
M&E consultant Vitec
Quantity surveyor Moseley Partnership
Landscape architect Morgan Henshaw
Approved building inspector Meridian Consult
Main contractor Forest Eco Systems
CAD software used AutoCAD