Twenty first Century Homes e book captures “breadth of architectural expertise” in UK

Ali Topan

RIBA Award-winning houses are the main target of writer Dominic Bradbury’s newest e book, Twenty first Century Homes. Right here, he spotlights 10 of essentially the most outstanding tasks featured inside.

Greater than 300 pictures, plans and sketches fill the Twenty first Century Homes e book, revealed by RIBA Books, to deliver readers contained in the “better of the most effective” of recent British houses.

The featured tasks have been chosen by Bradbury, an structure author, advisor and writer, from the previous winners of the Royal Institute of Architects’ (RIBA) awards.

Situated all throughout the UK, he believes they reveal the variety of British structure, about which he stated “there’s a lot to be proud”.

Cover of 21st Century Houses book by Dominic Bradbury
RIBA Award-winning houses are the main target of the Twenty first Century Homes e book

“The featured homes actually counsel each the depth and breadth of architectural expertise throughout the UK,” Bradbury defined.

“We chosen the featured homes from the final five-plus years of the RIBA Awards cycle and it was essential to us that these homes had already been by way of an intensive evaluation course of by the judges who have a look at the award entries each yr.”

From works by the likes of architect Alison Brooks to lesser-known studios, the homes vary from one-off new builds to conversions and extensions.

Alongside them is an in depth record of high ideas for householders contemplating commissioning an architect to create their very own Twenty first-century home.

In line with Bradbury, a key development in British home design that’s noticeable within the e book is their sensitivity to context. With a lot of their featured tasks referencing native vernacular and landscapes, he hopes this might be a key takeaway for property builders who learn the e book.

“British architects and their homes have a powerful sense of context and a site-sensitive strategy to design,” stated Bradbury.

“It might be nice if property builders and large-scale home builders took extra notice of this in their very own tasks and drew extra deeply upon our homegrown architectural expertise.”

Learn on for Bradbury’s picks from the e book:


Bumpers Oast house by ACME
Photograph by Jim Stephenson

Bumpers Oast, RIBA South East Award 2021, by ACME

“Like James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell’s Caring Wooden home, which additionally gained quite a lot of RIBA awards, Bumpers Oast is a Twenty first-century model of a Kent oast home.

“Designed by ACME architects, it is a splendidly sculptural and expressive home, coated in ceramic shingle tiles. Externally, the home is each contextual and crowd pleasing, whereas the interiors are fantastically organised and crafted, benefiting from the shapes and volumes supplied by the curvaceous, conjoined roundels.

“Bumpers Oast has been described as one of many nice English homes of the Twenty first century.”


Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects
Photograph by Gavriil Papadiotis

Tin Home, RIBA London Award 2016, by Henning Stummel Architects

“Henning Stummel’s circle of relatives house is a superb instance of what could be achieved on a decent, city backland web site.

“One among a number of nice examples of what could be carried out with forgotten and largely landlocked websites, Stummel’s home was constructed on the location of a former breaker’s yard. Right here, Stummel designed a home made up of a sequence of interlinked pavilions organized round a central courtyard backyard.

“The terracotta-coloured cladding mixed with the backyard setting offers these pavilions an nearly Mediterranean really feel within the coronary heart of Shepherd’s Bush. The intelligent formation of the pavilion additionally ensures privateness each for the household and for the neighbouring buildings.”


The Quest by Ström Architects 
Photograph by Martin Gardner

The Quest, South West Award 2017, by Ström Architects 

“Magnus Ström’s studio has designed quite a lot of superlative homes alongside the south coast over current years, together with a brand new waterside house on the Isle of Wight and this home in Dorset, The Quest.

“It is a fantastic instance of a up to date retirement house, the place as a substitute of creating compromises, the purchasers have embraced the chance to construct an elegantly detailed house absolutely suited to their very own wants. The home is absolutely future-proofed and designed with sustainability in thoughts. If solely extra retirement houses might appear to be this.”


Water Tower by Tonkin Liu
Photograph by Dennis Pedersen

Water Tower, RIBA East Award 2021, by Tonkin Liu

“The Water Tower is an excellent instance of adaptive reuse in a rural context. The purchasers right here took a courageous threat shopping for a derelict water tower on the sting of a Norfolk village after which started a rare journey to transform it right into a household house.

“They and their architects, Tonkin Liu, have carried out a implausible job right here in bringing new life to a misplaced constructing. Key strikes embody constructing a brand new stairway tower alongside the unique constructing to assist hyperlink all of it collectively and help it structurally, whereas the winding staircase takes you previous the household bedrooms to a multi-purpose, open-plan residing house on the high of the tower.

“This participating belvedere appears like a bird-hide with open views in each path however contains all the comforts of recent residing.”


Mole Architects by Marsh Hill
Photograph by Mole Architects

Mole Architects, RIBA East Award 2017, by Marsh Hill

“Selecting a favorite from my very own a part of the nation is an actual problem, as now we have some fantastic Twenty first-century houses right here within the East of England.

“I’ve opted for Mole Architects’ Marsh Hill in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, partly as a result of the situation is very lovely and partly as a result of the design of the home picks up on the setting and environment so expertly.

“This wedge-shaped house set on a hill, trying in direction of the coast, is fantastically conceived and executed but additionally feels very a lot of its place. However, equally, by way of East Anglian waterside houses, I additionally love Lisa Shell’s Redshank in Essex and Platform 5’s Backwater on the Norfolk Broads.”


The Black House by Dualchas Architects
The photograph is by David Barbour

The Black Home, RIAS Award 2019, by Dualchas Architects

“It appears like Scottish structure is coming into a brand new golden age in the meanwhile, with a wave of latest tasks that really feel contemporary, unique and particular to the nation itself.

“Probably the most achieved up to date practices is Dualchas Architects, who designed – amongst others – The Black Home on the Isle of Skye. The waterside setting feels very particular, and the design of the home makes the most effective of it, with the primary residing areas framing a view over the water and providing a direct sense of reference to the coast, the wildlife, the skyscapes and the altering seasons.

“On the similar time, the home is ready sensitively upon the shoreline and doesn’t search to intrude upon it. The challenge additionally feels very consultant of the path at present being taken by quite a lot of Scottish practices by way of splicing Twenty first-century residing with contextuality, vernacular references and sustainability.”


Berkshire House II by Gregory Phillips Architects
Photograph by Gregory Philips Architects

Berkshire Home II, RIBA South Award 2018, by Gregory Phillips Architects

“That is one among quite a lot of unique nation homes designed by Gregory Phillips Architects over current years and top-of-the-line.

“It makes essentially the most of an exquisite hillside setting, bordered by mature bushes, with all the key residing areas having fun with an open vista. The within-outside relationship is brilliantly carried out, together with the hyperlinks to the adjoining terraces at floor stage after which the semi-sheltered balconies alongside the household bedrooms on the higher stage.

“It is a robust, contextual design however with a chic contact of Californian model on high.”


Hannington Farm by James Gorst Architects
Photograph by James Gorst Architects

Hannington Farm, RIBA East Midlands Awards 2019, James Gorst Architects

“James Gorst’s Hannington Farm is a chic and interesting instance of a Twenty first-century farmstead.

“The home sits upon a working deer farm, the place the homeowners have invested a substantial amount of time in restoring the panorama and selling biodiversity. The home itself was designed to be as sustainable as attainable, whereas Gorst additionally adopted native supplies wherever attainable.

“On the similar time, that is an bold and generously scaled household house, with a intelligent steadiness of open residing areas and household retreats. The excessive chimneys, specifically, are a delight and paying homage to a Tuscan hill city in miniature when seen on a vivid summer time’s day.”


Hope View House by Warren Benbow Architects
Photograph by Lisa Lodwig

Hope View Home, RIBA West Midlands Award 2018, by Warren Benbow Architects

“Constructing a brand new home in an open panorama carries an important sense of accountability.

“Hope View Home in Herefordshire, by Warren Benbow Architects, takes this accountability very severely, creating a house that’s discreetly positioned within the undulating topography with a inexperienced roof that nearly makes the home disappear.

“But, on the similar time, this site-sensitive resolution doesn’t imply any compromises by way of creating an pleasing, participating and well-planned household house, which affords open views of the bucolic environment. The home is nicely named by way of providing a key exemplar of a contemporary, contextual house in-built a delicate countryside setting.”


Maison Wedge by BGA Architects
Photograph by DOMA Architects

Maison Wedge, RIBA Northern Eire Award 2018, by BGA Architects

“BGA Architects’ Maison Wedge is one among quite a lot of alluring Twenty first-century nation homes designed and in-built Northern Eire over current years.

“The home makes essentially the most of its place overlooking Stranford Lough in County Down, with the primary a part of this sculptural constructing rising upwards to fulfill the open vista.

“The residing areas are open and dramatic, yet one more, decrease wing alongside holds the household bedrooms and extra personal areas. It is a fantastic balancing act however the important thing factor right here is the way in which that the structure responds to the panorama.”

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