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Revealed: houses in the running for 2015 Manser Medal


The 20 best houses in the country - an electic range of one-off homes which make up the longlist for this year’s Manser Medal - have been announced

The schemes will be whittled down to just six when the shortlist is revealed in September.

The list features seven RIBA National Award-winning homes including schemes by Wilkinson King, McGonigle McGrath, and Jamie Fobert Architects.

Hall McKnight is the only practice to have more than one scheme shortlisted, its house in Church Road and Victoria Road - both in Northern Ireland.

The winner of the award for the UK’s best house will be announced at the Stirling Prize ceremony, at RIBA’s Portland Place headquarters on 15 October. Last year the prestigious accolade was picked up by Loyn and Co’s Stormy Castle.

The Manser Medal longlist

Cefn Castell, Criccieth by Stephenson Studio

Cefn Castle, Wales by Stephenson Studio

Cliff House, Gower by Hyde + Hyde

Cliff House, Wales by Hyde + Hyde

Courtyard House by Dallas Pierce Quintero

Courtyard House, London by Dallas Pierce Quintero

Dundon Passivhaus, Somerset by Prewett Bizley Architects

Dundon Passivhaus, Somerset by Prewett Bizley Architects

Fitzroy Park House by Stanton Williams

Fitzroy Park House, London by Stanton Williams

Flint House, Buckinghamshire by Skene Catling de la Pena

Flint House, Buckinghamshire by Skene Catling De La Pena

Folly Farm, Berkshire by Frances and Michael Edwards Architects Ltd with Moxley Architects

Folly Farm, Reading by Frances and Michael Edwards Architects

Grillagh Water House, Londonderry by Patrick Bradley Architects

Grillagh Water House, Northern Ireland by Patrick Bradley Architects#

Church Road House, Belfast by Hall McKnight

House on Church Road, Northern Ireland by Hall McKnight

House in Formby, Merseyside by shedkm

House in Formby, Liverpool by ShedKM

House at Maghera, County Down by McGonigle McGrath

House at Maghera, Northern Ireland by McGonigle McGrath

Piercy and Company's Kew House

Kew House, London by Piercy & Company

Levring House by Jamie Fobert Architects

Levring House, London by Jamie Fobert Architects

The Mill, Southside Steading, Peebles by WT Architecture

The Mill, Scotland by WT Architecture

Pobble House, Kent by Guy Holloway Architects

Pobble House, Dungeness by Guy Hollaway Architects

Stackyard, nr Diss by Mole Architects

Stackyard, Suffolk by Mole Architects

Private house, West Sussex by Wilkinson King Architects

Sussex House, West Sussex by Wilkinson King Architects

Vaulted House by vPPR Architects

Vaulted House, London by vPPR Architects

House on Victoria Road, Holywood by Hall McKnight

Victoria Road, Northern Ireland by Hall McKnight

Westmorland, Liverpool by Snook Architects

Westmorland, Liverpool by Snook Architects


Readers' comments (4)

  • Chris Roche

    These are a selection of exemplary and inspirational private houses which illustrate truly life enhancing homes. I would much rather the RIBA gave exhibition space to celebrate the best of the present, rather than re-visit the legacy of the "Brutalist" past - a period which led to a collapse in public confidence in architect's abilities to design humane housing.
    Chris Roche / Founder 11.04 Architects

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  • I must agree that the range of schemes chosen seems to confirm that architects are stuck in a place that few other people inhabit. Many of the photographs have no furniture or people. None are about providing housing for the 95% plus of the population that can't afford or aspire to such life styles. What are the costs psm of such "masterpieces"? Lastly where do you hang your paintings in most of them; can't imagine being clothed in anything other than grey or black with cropped hair.

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  • These houses are at the experimental boundary; how else is progress to be made?

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  • Provide housing classed as 'architecture' to the masses as David suggests- there would be genuine ingenuity, and this would allow the public to see the actually tangible value of architects to society... Not just skivvies for the traditional patron with massive amounts of money!

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