The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed Flint House in Buckinghamshire as the winner of the coveted 2015 RIBA House of the Year award. The annual award was created in 2001 to celebrate excellence in housing design.
Flint House, designed by architects Skene Catling De La Pena, was announced as the winner during a four-part TV series for Channel 4, Grand Designs: House of the Year. The series featured homes long-listed and short-listed for the prestigious annual award.
Described by judges as a marvel of geological evolution and construction, Flint House is a celebration of location, material and architectural design. Set in the flint-layered fields of the Rothschild’s estate at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, the building rises from the ground as dark, fashioned flint and slowly changes in construction and texture until its refined white chalk blocks disappear into the sky.
Whilst defined by its flint construction, the project is home to an intriguing mixed application of rooftops, terraces and recesses that combine to deliver a stunning piece of liveable, provoking, modern architecture that marries into the countryside.
The full shortlist for the 2015 RIBA House of the Year award was:
• Flint House, Buckinghamshire,
by Skene Catling De La Pena;
• Kew House, London,
by Piercy & Company;
• Levring House, London,
by Jamie Fobert Architects;
• Maghera, County Down,
by Mcgonigle McGrath;
• The Mill, Scottish Borders,
by WT Architecture;
• Sussex House, West Sussex,
by Wilkinson King Architects;
• Vaulted House, London,
by vPPR Architects.
RIBA President Jane Duncan said: “The shortlist for the RIBA’s House of the Year represents a remarkable diversity of architectural skills and outcomes. I am delighted that Skene Catling De La Pena’s Flint House for Lord Rothschild has won this year’s prize. Although superbly original and unique, it continues a fine tradition of RIBA award-winning houses that provide exemplars for others, including architects, clients and developers.”
RIBA / architecture.com