The next two shortlisted projects for the RIBA House of the Year 2017 award were announced: Ness Point by Tonkin Liu and 6 Wood Lane by Birds Portchmouth Russum. The prestigious prize recognizes top-notch architectural design in a new home or home extension, and only one project will be crowned as the UK's best new home. Last week, Caring Wood and the Shawm House were unveiled as the first two shortlisted contenders.
More of the shortlist will be revealed on Channel 4's “Grand Designs: House of the Year” TV program throughout the month, until the prize winner is revealed on November 28.
Read on for more about the latest shortlisted projects.
Ness Point by by Tonkin Liu
Jury report excerpt: “Ness Point has been designed as if it had grown out of the land in which it is embedded. With undulating thick walls along its length, it hunkers into the hill and is at one with the dramatic landscape of the White Cliffs of Dover. It goes further than respecting its setting, to really speaking of ‘place’.
The plan of the house, whilst modest in scale, very much describes a journey as you move through each floor with framed views which pull the landscape into the house. The orthogonal central walls serve as dividers for the various functions of the ground floor but do not meet the undulating external wall, so that you are able to weave through the series of rooms and there is the feeling of skirting along the side of a cliff face. There is an extremely sophisticated manipulation of space, whereby your eye is constantly pulled from one space to the next but each space nevertheless holds on to its own clear identity. As you reach the end of this spatial sequence and turn the corner (as in the prow of a ship), there is a space you can shelter from the weather (sea mist on the day we visited) that appears carved out of the rear of the plan.
Upstairs, the plan continues as an enfilade suite of bedrooms. Each room is orientated towards a different aspect of the landscape, across the passing ships of the English Channel to the cliffs known as Ness Point. [...] The interior delighted the jury and surprised us more than any of the other houses which were much truer to their photographs...”
6 Wood Lane by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects
Jury report: “6 Wood Lane is an exuberant and well-loved home, carefully crafted by its owners as a self-build project over more than 7 years. Its idiosyncratic style connects each design aspect; from its curving form hovering above the street, to the detail of a chain operated roof light.
The architect’s ambition was to create a home for urban living, which contrasts tightly planned functional spaces with generous living spaces to maximize daylight and views. The building achieves this spatial contrast: a small entrance, tiny bathrooms and boat-like staircases, uncurl into connected living spaces, with views between areas in the house and out into the garden.
A slim store beneath the entrance seat perfectly sized for tennis racquets; a luminous green interior to the post box; a curved blue desk for making sculpture; a yellow floor beneath a quirky, zig-zag, glazed winter garden dome and a functional shed hidden in a cosy garden come together to create a surprising house that will engage and provoke debate for its occupants and visitors.”
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