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Feast your eyes on some striking residential designs in the House of the Year 2018 longlist. Pictured here, Oudeburn Road by Miller Parnership Architects
(Image credit: Jill Tate)

Looking at awe-inspiring residential designs is a daily task here at the Wallpaper* architecture desk, but there’s one event that is guaranteed to give us instant house envy; the annual RIBA House of the Year announcement. The architecture institute has just announced its longlist for 2018, which proves, once more, that no matter how many gorgeous residences one can visit, there’s always something new to delight and inspire.

Indeed, in this list, there’s something for everybody; from wood-clad cottages to modern country homes and urban retreats, to sensitive restorations and small-but-beautiful city homes, the list is wide-ranging and diverse. This year’s nominees include well-known names such as 6a Architects for its Black Stone Building and Coastal Home, and Carmody Groarke and its Fitzrovia House; but also younger, dynamic practices, such as Soup Architects and Open Practice Architecture with their imaginative transformation of a Victorian Gin Distillery into a family home.

The list totals 20 contemporary homes which are either newly built, anywhere in the country, or have been recently refreshed in creative and adapted reuses of existing space. Materials are as varied as ever, spanning brick, timber, concrete and stone – material being a feature that the winning design has traditionally stood out for. Past winners have included Richard Murphy Architects for Murphy House (2016), Skene Catling de la Peña for Flint House (2015), Loyn & Co for Stormy Castle (2014) and Carl Turner Architects for Slip House (2013).

The coveted spots on the shortlist will be announced this autumn, with the winner revealed later in the year during a TV series exploring the homes in detail. Watch this space. 

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Berkshire House by Gregory Phillips Architects.

(Image credit: Mel Yates)

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Black House by AR Design Studio.

(Image credit: Martin Gardner)

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Black Stone House by 6a architects.

(Image credit: Johan Dehlin)

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Coastal House by 6a architects.

(Image credit: Johan Dehlin)

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Dartmouth Park House by AY Architects.

(Image credit: Anthony Boulanger)

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Duncan Cottage by James Grayley Architects.

(Image credit: David Grandorge)

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Gin Distillery by Open Practice Architecture

(Image credit: Leon Chew)

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Lochside House by Haysomwardmiller Architect. 

(Image credit: Richard Fraser)

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No 37 by Famiy Architects.

(Image credit: Grainne Cumming)

riba house of the year 2018 oatlands close by SOUP architects

Oatlands Close by SOUP architects.

(Image credit: Andy Matthews)

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Old Shed New House by Tonkin Liu.

(Image credit: Greg Storrar)

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Pheasants by Sarah Griffiths + Amin Taha. 

(Image credit: Tim Soar)

riba house of the year 2018 red house by 31/44 Architects

Red House by 31/44 Architects.

(Image credit: Rory Gardiner)

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The Makers House by Liddicoat & Goldhill LLP.

(Image credit: Simon Watson)

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The Old Court House by Harrison Brookes Architects

(Image credit: Rhys Brookes)

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Vex by Chance da Silva

(Image credit: Hélène Binet)


For more information 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).