Stiff competition: two more nominees in the running for RIBA House of the Year

Kew house in London
Kew House by North London architects Piercy&Company is one of the two new projects shortlisted for the RIBA House of the Year award
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Two more houses have joined the race for the coveted RIBA House of the Year award. Formerly known as the Manser Medal, this accolade is given annually to the best new house designed by an architect in the UK. 

The striking Kew House by Piercy & Company is a highly unusual 4-bedroom house in London's Kew. Made of 'two prefabricated weathering steel volumes inserted behind a retained nineteenth century stable wall', the architects explain, it is a sensitive but bold case of old-meets-new. Sleek interiors of light coloured timber offset the more rustic exterior. 

Vaulted House was designed by young, but fast-emerging East London architecture practice vPPR. A family home carefully placed in the walled site of a former taxi garage, this new structure is almost entirely hidden from the street. Its pyramid-shaped roof skylights hint to the strong geometry inside, which is enhanced by a clean, minimalist light-coloured interior. 

These two new houses join Flint House in Buckinghamshire by Skene Catling De La Pena and Sussex House in West Sussex by Wilkinson King Architects in the running for the honour. 

Three more nominees are left to be uncovered, next week, while the winner will be revealed on November 25th. Watch this space.

House with open French door and a light on

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The unusual house is made of two weathering steel volumes placed within retained nineteenth century stable walls. 

residential street in London

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The bold exterior is almost rustic in its textures and qualities... 

Open space kitchen with dinning table

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...while the interior is lighter and sleeker, created in white hues and light coloured timber. 

Exterior of a house with white roofs

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The second project revealed today as part of the shortlist is Vaulted House by vPPR. 

Exterior of a house with a dark grey entrance

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Slotted into the site of an old taxi garage, this house is cleverly designed and almost invisible from the street. 

Kitchen with grey island

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Inside, the house reveals strong geometries and a minimalist light-coloured interior

Terrace with a ceiling to follow window

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Rooflights and courtyards ensure the structure gets plenty of natural sunlight despite its unusual site.


For more information on the House of the Year award visit the RIBA website

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).