Best new homes in the UK competing for the RIBA Manser Medal

Longlist for the UK’s foremost private housing design award have been revealed today

The longlist for the UK’s foremost private housing design award have been revealed today (Thursday 19 June) by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 

23 stunning homes form the 2014 longlist for the RIBA Manser Medal, in association with Hiscox, for the best new house or major extension in the UK. 

Highlights from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland include :  

• Farningham House Cottage by Emrys Architects – the subtle unification, though the use of glazed corridor forms, of a traditional cottage with outhouse and stable block in the picturesque Kent village of Farningham

• High Edge by Evans Vettori – a contemporary take on the Swiss chalet, overlooking the River Derwent in England’s ‘Little Switzerland’ 

• House No 7 by Denizen Works – the restoration and utilitarian agricultural-inspired extension of a listed Tiree black-house that hunkers down to provide a light, bright, welcoming and cosy home on the exposed Isle of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides

• The Kench by MELOY Architects – a modest beach house with commanding views on Hayling Island in Hampshire, which appears to float above the existing ground levels to avoid flooding risk 

• Lens House by Alison Brooks Architects – the restoration and contemporary extension of a Victorian villa in north London – invisible from the street but when viewed from the garden looks like ‘an otherworldly masterpiece’

• Loughloughan Barn by McGarry-Moon Architects – a modernised barn loyal to its pastoral surrounds, made of stone, timber, glass and zinc, in County Antrim with views of Slemish Mountain

• Stormy Castle by Loyn & Co Architects – a modern castle in a stunning Gower peninsula-setting

• Tree House by 6a Architects -an elegant extension wrapping around a tree in the garden of a grade II listed 1830s brick weavers’ cottage in east London 

• Westering by Annie Martin Architect – a comforting cedar and granite clad bling-less home in the dramatic surroundings of Dartmoor National Park 

• Wildfowl Cottage by 5th Studio – a brave rescue of a listed waterside inn in Cambridge that includes an innovative new response to flood risk 


The full RIBA Manser Medal 2014 longlist is:


1. Lens House by Alison Brooks Architects

2. Luker House by Jamie Forbert Architects 

3. Tree House by 6a Architects  

4. Woodblock House by dRMM Architects


East Midlands

5. High Edge by Evans Vettori

6. Quarn House by Simon Foote Architects



7. New Barn by Rural Office for Architecture 

8. Stormy Castle by Loyn & Co. Architects 


North East England

9. Treetops by Howarth Litchfield Partnership


East of England 

10. The Arboretum by Cowper Architects

11. Broombank by SOUP Architects 

12. Private House by James Gorst Architects

13. Wildfowl Cottage by 5th Studio



14. Underbank House by Prue Chiles Architects


South of England 

15. The Kench by MELOY Architects


South East England

16. Chalk Ridge by SCD Architects

17. Farningham House Cottage by Emrys Architect

18. Red Bridge House by Smerin Architects

19. Wedge House by SOUP Architects


South West England

20. Westering by Annie Martin Architect


Northern Ireland

21. Loughloughan Barn by McGarry-Moon Architects 



22. Cliff House by Dualchas Architects

23. House No.7 by Denizen Works   


RIBA President Stephen Hodder said: 

”The 2014 RIBA Manser Medal longlist reveals the most innovative, sustainable and beautiful new homes to have been completed in the past year. The exciting line-up is a testimony to the wonderful talent and achievements of some of the UK’s best architects.”

This year’s judges are Honorary President of Hiscox, Robert Hiscox, Michael Manser CBE, Lady Patty Hopkins and Carl Turner, the 2013 recipient of the Manser Medal and Tony Chapman, RIBA Head of Awards.  

The RIBA Manser Medal is sponsored by specialist insurer Hiscox.


(pictured: Wildfowl Cottage)

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