RIBA Manser Medal, Shortlist 2012, UK, Winner, Buildings, Architecture, Projects
RIBA Manser Medal : Shortlisted Buildings + Architects
Royal Institute of British Architects Manser Medal
13 Oct 2012
RIBA Manser Medal Winner 2012
maison L, Yvelines, France
photo : George Dupin
maison L Yvelines
The brief suggested the L-shaped general plan and the use of an indigenous stone for retaining walls. But it did not suggest half burying a series of interconnecting cave-like rooms, nor the five three-storey board-marked concrete towers that poke out of the rockery roof. This is where the genius of the architect comes in.
13 Sep 2012
RIBA Manser Medal 2012
RIBA Manser Medal 2012 for the best new house - shortlist
Two subterranean extensions: one to a gamekeeper’s cottage in Gloucestershire, the other to a French orangery, the imaginative linking of a pair of East Sussex oast houses, the latest architect-designed seaside holiday home to let, and two elegant and sustainable new houses in Cornwall make up the shortlist for the RIBA Manser Medal 2012 for the best new house, the UK’s pre-eminent private housing design award.
The houses shortlisted for the 2012 RIBA Manser Medal:
• The Dune House in Thorpeness, Suffolk by Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects & Mole Architects
• Private house in Gloucestershire by Found Associates
• Private house in East Sussex by Duggan Morris Architects
• Two Passive Solar Gain Houses, Porthadown, Cornwall by Simon Conder Associates
• Maison L, Ile de France by Christian Pottgiesser - Architecture Possibles
The Dune House, Suffolk
Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects & Mole Architects
image : Chris Wright
The Dune House
Private House, Gloucestershire
photo © Hufton & Crow
House in Gloucestershire
maison L, Yvelines, France
photo : George Dupin
maison L Yvelines
Private house in East Sussex
Duggan Morris Architects
photos : James Brittain
photo : Mark Hadden
The RIBA Manser Medal 2012 shortlist has been chosen from winners of RIBA Awards and RIBA regional awards. The winner will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize dinner on 13 September 2012 in Manchester. The winning architect and client will receive trophies designed by the artist Petr Weigl.
Previous winners include Hampstead Lane by Duggan Morris (2011), Acme for Hunsett Mill (2010), Pitman Tozer Architects for The Gap House (2009), Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for Oxley Woods (2008) and Alison Brooks Architects for the Salt House (2007).
This year’s judges include: Michael Manser CBE, architect; Lady Jill Ritblat; and Tony Chapman, Hon FRIBA, RIBA Head of Awards.
Private house, East Sussex
Architect: Duggan Morris Architects
Contractor: Northlake Limited
Consultants: Stephen Evans Associates ; Brooks Devlin
Contract Value: confidential
Date of completion: February 2011
Gross internal area: 433 sqm
The project was aimed at creating a unified series of flowing, contemporary spaces linked to the rolling landscape setting. The brief also called for a building with character and personality, respectful of the existing Oast house, and taking advantage of the views. The architects have rediscovered the integrity of the building through careful observation and research and have made the new additions and alterations work harmoniously with the old so as to create a new whole.
The original building was given a thorough but sensitive makeover, removing all the accretions of centuries: garage, study and kitchen wing. On their footprint is the new annex. What remained was carefully analysed and repaired appropriately. As a result the shape, form, scale and quality of the two hundred year old building is easily discernible against the new annex. The annex itself is an altogether more sculptural and dynamic form of interconnecting volumes entirely clad in a stable, durable, engineered timber boarding, orientated vertically, in contrast to the rough sawn horizontal ship-lapping timber cladding of the oast barn. Equally, the external massing and form of the building is very much an expression of the internal function of each room.
A conflict between the needs of the client and the demands of conservation officials who wanted the replication of a traditional farm building aesthetic has been brilliantly resolved by breaking up and part burying the new building so it appears to be a collection of cellular timber outbuildings dominated by the bulk of the two oast-houses. Yet internally it is quite the reverse. The ‘separate’ barns form a beautiful continuous flowing open plan living area linking into bedrooms in the restored oast-houses.
The architects have created a dwelling which reflects an exemplary approach to contemporary rural renovation work; and produced a flexible living environment for a growing family within exceptional surroundings.
Two Passive Solar Gain Houses in Porthtowan
Avenue 3 Eastcliff, Porthtowan, Truro, Cornwall
Architect: Simon Condor Associates
Structural Engineer: Fluid Structures
Contractor: T&D Carter Ltd
Contract Value: £ 928,158
Date of completion: February 2012
Gross internal area: 327 sqm
These sibling houses – one a family home, the other an artist’s studio at upper ground floor level and guest apartment - are surrounded by a suburban estate of 1950s bungalows yet they overlook the beach in the village of Porthtowan on the north Cornish coast, with views down the coast to St Ives.
Clad entirely in timber, including the flat roofs and immaculately detailed, they are created out of a strong, simple and confident diagram which exploits fully the location and the enviable views.
Built into the 1 in 7 slope, the project is respectful of its neighbours, nestling into the ground to prevent obstructing their fine sea views. This site strategy also establishes a simple but successful passive sustainable approach: thermal mass, solar gain and natural ventilation each being exploited, with no sense of claustrophobia resulting from the semi-buried forms.
A skilful manipulation of plan and section ensures that all main spaces benefit from the expansive views. On this hillside location, a successful balance is achieved between feeling exposed and contained, allowing occupants to enjoy a strong relationship with what, at times, must be very extreme weather conditions, whilst feeling secure and protected.
The houses use a combination of fully glazed southern elevations and high mass construction for the remainder of the houses in order to reduce energy costs. Overheating in summer is dealt with by setting back the glazed elevations behind hardwood verandahs which also provide balconies and allow the much lower winter sun to penetrate deep into the two houses. The external cladding, roof decking and verandah structures are all made from FSC certified hardwood which has been left unfinished to weather naturally to a silvery grey.
With very low energy consumption, consistent, elegant detailing and construction, these houses are great examples of how thoughtful, modest and economic architecture can create a passive sustainable living environment. In responding to the clients’ very detailed brief, the architect has developed a special home and studio that meets, precisely, their exacting requirements.
19 May 2011
RIBA Manser Medal 2011
RIBA Manser Medal 2011 for the best new house in the UK - longlist
Seventeen exceptional new homes form the longlist for the RIBA Manser Medal 2011 for the best new house or major extension in the UK in association with HSBC Private Bank, the UK’s pre-eminent private housing design award.
From small urban homes squeezed into tight city sites to woodland hideaways and dramatic beachfront villas, the 2011 longlist reveals some of the most cutting-edge trends in housing design and lifestyle choices and recognises some of the UK’s most talented architects.
Manser Medal 2011 Longlist
Balancing Barn, Suffolk by MVRDV in collaboration with Mole Architects
Bavent House, Suffolk by Hudson Architects
Blue Door, Monmouthshire by Hall & Bednarczyk Architects
Carnathan Lane, Northern Ireland by Twenty Two Over Seven
Hampstead Lane, London by Dugan Morris Architects
House in Epsom, Surrey by Eldridge Smerin
Hoxton House, London by David Mikhail Architects
Love Shack, Lake District by Sutherland Hussey Architects
Meat Factory, Nottingham by Marsh:Grochowski Architects
New Mission Hall, Sussex by Adam Richards Architects
Shadow House, London by Liddicoat & Goldhill
Shingle House, Dungeness, Kent by NORD Architecture
Strange House, London by Hugh Strange Architects
The Houl, Castle Douglas, Scotland by Simon Winstanley Architects
Ty-Hedfan, Brecon, Wales by Featherstone Young
Watson House New Forest by John Pardy Architects
White House, Isle of Coll, Hebrides by WT Architecture
Ruth Reed, RIBA President, said:
“The best new private homes are those designed by an architect to meet the client’s personal needs and aspirations and add real value to the homeowner’s life and happiness.
“This year’s longlist for the RIBA Manser Medal in association with HSBC Private Bank recognises some truly exceptional and exciting private houses, with projects located in the farthest reaches of the UK. On the Hebridean Isle of Coll and on the shingle shore of Dungeness young architects have brought old buildings back to life as new homes. In Brecon and Suffolk architects have created exceptionally daring houses with cantilevered floors and structural tricks aplenty. The results - our longlist -are breathtaking, and should lead to the best ever shortlist.”
Declan Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Private Bank, said:
“Our sponsorship of the RIBA Manser Medal reflects our support of excellence in architecture and design, as this year’s longlist highlights the exceptional talent and creative expertise in the UK at present. In our second year of sponsorship HSBC Private Bank is proud to support an award that sees architects and clients working together to create inspirational homes.”
The RIBA Manser Medal 2011 longlist has been chosen from winners of an RIBA Award. The shortlist for the medal will be announced on 8 September 2011 and the winner will be announced on 10 November 2011 at a prestigious prize ceremony at the RIBA. The winning architect will receive a trophy commissioned by HSBC Private Bank and a prize of £10,000.
Previous winners include Acme for Hunsett Mill (2010), Pitman Tozer Architects for The Gap House (2009), Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for Oxley Woods (2008) and Alison Brooks Architects for the Salt House (2007).
This year’s judges include:
Michael Manser CBE, architect
Friedrich Ludwig, architect with ACME
Peter Mackie, Managing Director, Property Vision (subsidiary of HSBC Private Bank)
Tony Chapman, Hon FRIBA, RIBA Head of Awards
12 Nov 2010
RIBA Manser Medal Winner
Mill house extension on the Norfolk Broads wins RIBA Manser Medal for best new house in the UK
photograph : Cristobal Palma
Hunsett Mill on the Norfolk Broads by Acme architects has scooped the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) prestigious Manser Medal 2010 for the best new house or major extension in the UK. The presentation of the award took place at a ceremony at the RIBA last night, at which the winner received an increased prize of £10,000 and a new specially commissioned trophy designed by artist Petr Wiegl from presenter, designer, author and host Kevin McCloud.
Acme architects has won the award for its arresting extension to Hunsett Mill, a nineteenth century Grade 2 listed mill keepers house on the Norfolk Broads. Building a major extension that more than doubled the size of the original house on a uniquely picturesque site was challenging. Acme created an extension in the form of a shadow of the original house, which the judges describe as “more akin to a piece of art than a piece of rural, domestic architecture.”
photo : Cristobal Palma
Speaking about the winning building Ruth Reed, President of the RIBA said:
“Hunsett Mill, like a lot of really good architecture, results from one simple, strong idea. Instead of creating either a pastiche of the Victorian red-brick cottage, or a self-effacing glass box, the architects’ truly inventive solution was to create a kind of triple-shadow of the original, in black charred timber, crossed by the shadow of the neighbouring windmill’s arms.
“A private house commission gives the architect an opportunity to get inside the ambitions of the client and produce a shared personal statement. It is a building type in which every detail matters and in which they matter to client and architect in equal measure. Houses like Hunsett Mill do not get built without the extraordinary faith in and commitment to the architects by their clients. The RIBA is grateful to HSBC Private Bank for its strong support of this award.”
Declan Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Private Bank, said:
“Private homebuilding and redevelopment is becoming increasingly popular with owners expecting more from their homes. Developing your own property means that particular expectations and potentially more difficult requirements can be met, as Hunsett Mill brilliantly demonstrates. As a bank that offers unrivalled property expertise for private clients, we are delighted to support an award that recognises superb design and innovation.”
Hunsett Mill - further information + photos
photo : Friedrich Ludewig
Previous winners of the RIBA Manser Medal include Pitman Tozer Architects for The Gap House (2009), Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for Oxley Woods (2008) and Alison Brooks Architects for the Salt House (2007).
Judges for the RIBA Manser Medal 2010: past RIBA President Michael Manser CBE; HSBC Private Bank’s property expert Peter Mackie, Managing Director of its Property Vision subsidiary; architects Luke Tozer from Pitman Tozer and Deborah Saunt from DSDHA; and the RIBA’s Head of Awards, Tony Chapman.
RIBA Manser Medal 2010 Shortlist Citations
Bateman's Row, London
Architect: Theis and Khan Architects
image : Nick Kane
Furzey Hall Farm, Gloucestershire
Architect: Waugh Thistleton Architects
image : Will Pryce
Furzey Hall Farm
Hunsett Mill, Norfolk
photo : Cristobal Palma
Leaf House, London
Architect: James Gorst Architects
picture from LEAF Awards
Martello Tower Y, Suffolk
Architect: Piercy Conner Architects with Billings Jackson Industrial Design
image : Edmund Sumner
Martello Tower Y
Zero Carbon House, Birmingham
Architect: John Christophers
photo © Martine Hamilton Knight
Zero Carbon House
RIBA Manser Medal information from RIBA
2 Oct 2010
RIBA Manser Medal 2010
RIBA Manser Medal 2010 Shortlist
A zero carbon house, two large London homes, a converted Napoleonic defence tower and two major extensions to countryside homes make up the shortlist for the RIBA Manser Medal 2010 for the best new house in the UK in association with HSBC Private Bank.
Manser Medal 2010 - shortlisted houses:
- Bateman’s Row, London : Theis and Khan
- Furzey Hall Farm, Gloucestershire : Waugh Thisleton Architects
- Leaf House, London : James Gorst Architects
- Hunsett Mill, Norfolk Broads : Acme
- Martello Tower Y, Suffolk : Piercy Conner Architects with Billings Jackson Ind. Design
- Zero Carbon House, Birmingham : John Christophers
The RIBA Manser Medal is chosen from a list of the best RIBA Award winning houses and given to the best one-off new house or major extension designed by an architect in the UK. The winner will be announced at a prestigious prize ceremony at the RIBA on 11 November 2010 and will receive a new trophy commissioned by HSBC Private Bank and an increased prize fund of £10,000.
Ruth Reed, RIBA President, said: “Designing houses for private clients is always a great opportunity for architects –especially new or smaller practices – to make their name. Yet it is one of the hardest things to get right. On such personal projects the client is understandably very demanding and will have an idea of where they want to end up even if they are not quite sure how to get there. When the relationship works the results can be astonishing – as this list shows. All of the shortlisted buildings worked within very close constraints – of heritage, space or money to produce the fantastically varied shortlist that we have today.”
Declan Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Private Bank, said: “The RIBA Manser Medal is a leading accolade for architects of new houses in the UK and highlights our global support of excellence in design. The skill, innovation and creativity demonstrated by the shortlisted architects is inspiring, and something that HSBC Private Bank is delighted to be associated with.”
Stirling Prize 2010
RIBA Special Awards
RIBA Awards 2010
RIBA Stirling Prize
The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year. The prize will be presented on 2 Oct 2010
Stirling Prize - Shortlist
RIBA Awards - Previous Years
RIBA Awards 2009
RIBA Lubetkin Prize
RIBA Royal Gold Medal
RIAS Award for Architecture - Best Building in Scotland
RIBA Royal Gold Medal winner 2006 : Herzog and de Meuron Architects
Civic Trust Awards
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