RIBA Manser Medal 2010

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RIBA Manser Medal 2010

Royal Institute of British Architects Prize – Shortlisted Buildings + Architects

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

Hunsett Mill house
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.”

Hunsett Mill house
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
Hunsett Mill house
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.

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RIBA Manser Medal 2010 Shortlist Citations

Bateman’s Row, London
Architect: Theis and Khan Architects
Bateman’s Row House
image : Nick Kane

Bateman’s Row

Furzey Hall Farm, Gloucestershire
Architect: Waugh Thistleton Architects
Furzey Hall Farm
image : Will Pryce

Furzey Hall Farm

Hunsett Mill, Norfolk
Architect: Acme
Hunsett Mill house
photo : Cristobal Palma

Hunsett Mill

Leaf House, London
Architect: James Gorst Architects
Leaf House
picture from LEAF Awards

Leaf House

Martello Tower Y, Suffolk
Architect: Piercy Conner Architects with Billings Jackson Industrial Design
Martello Tower Y
image : Edmund Sumner

Martello Tower Y

Zero Carbon House, Birmingham
Architect: John Christophers
Zero Carbon House
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.”

RIBA Manser Medal 2011 information from Royal Institute of British Architects

RIBA Manser Medal 2011


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