House envy? 20 extraordinary new British homes in the running for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the longlist for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year Award, the UK’s most prestigious award for a new house or extension.

Amongst the 20 architect-designed homes in the running for the award are a contemporary part-house part-gallery on the beach in Brighton & Hove (The Narrow House), a Japanese inspired terraced house extension (House of Trace),  a new family home in Jersey rising from the huge granite walls of an earlier building on the site (Le Petit Fort),  a stunning beach house in Dungeness that echoes the areas former  fishing huts, an ingenious and contemporary take on a traditional lean-to in Harrogate (Contemporary Lean To) and a house in Cornwall that hovers dramatically over a cliff to take in the enviable views across the Fal Estuary (The Owers House).

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The 20 new homes on the longlist for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year are:

  House Architect Location
1 Ansty Plum, Coppin Dockray Ansty, Wiltshire, England
2 Contemporary Lean-to Doma Architects Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
3 Contour House Sanei Hopkins Architects Baslow, Derbyshire, England
4 Covert House DSDHA Clapham Old Town, London, England
5 Edge Hill Sutherland Hussey Harris Darras Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
6 Garden House Hayhurst and Co. Hackney, London, England
7 House of Trace Tsuruta Architects Lewisham, London, England
8 Le Petit Fort Hudson Architects Jersey, Channel Islands
9 Modern Mews Coffey Architects London, England
10 Murphy House Richard Murphy Architects Hart Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
11 North Vat Rodic Davidson Architects Dungeness, Kent, England
12 Outhouse Loyn & Co Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England
13 Private House in Cumbria Bennetts Associates Cumbria, England
14 The Cheeran House John Pardey Architects Reading, Berkshire, England
15 The Narrow House Sanei Hopkins Architects Brighton & Hove, England
16 The Owers House John Pardey Architects Feock, Cornwall, England
17 House 19 Jestico + Whiles Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
18 Private House 1109 GA Studio Architects Cheshire, England
19 Tin House Henning Stummel Architects Shepherd’s Bush, London, England
20 Zinc-House LJR+H Chartered Architects near Monikie, Angus, Scotland

The RIBA House of the Year award will be broadcast as part of a special Channel 4 Grand Designs series, presented by Kevin McCloud. Now in its second year, Grand Designs: House of the Year, produced by Boundless, is to be broadcast weekly for four weeks later in the year. Featuring a selection of properties from the longlist for the UK’s most prestigious new house award, it will reveal the shortlisted and winning homes.

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