A modern take on a traditional English country house has won the RIBA House of the Year 2017.

 RIBA House of the Year Caring Wood

Caring Wood, by architects James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell, was inspired by the traditional oast houses of Kent and mixes a contemporary design with nods to its rural surroundings.

In keeping with the traditional theme the build reinstituted local building crafts such as locally sourced handmade peg clay tiles, coppiced chestnut cladding and ragstone from local quarries.

The RIBA House of the Year is awarded to the best new house designed by an architect in the UK. The shortlist and winners were announced as part of a four-part special of Channel 4’s Grand Designs: House of the Year, presented by Kevin McCloud, Damion Burrows and Michelle Ogundehin.

The other shortlisted houses were:

Shawm House MawsomKerr Architects

RIBA House of the Year Shawm House

 

Ness Point Tonkin Liu

RIBA House of the Year Ness Point

 

6 Wood Lane Birds Portchmouth Russum

RIBA House of the Year - 6 Wood Lane

 

Newhouse of Auchengree 

RIBA House of the Year Newhouse of Auchengree

 

The Quest Strom Architecture

 RIBA House of the Year The Quest

 

 Hidden House Coffey Architects

RIBA House of the Year Hidden House

 

For more details on the RIBA House of the Year Awards and full images of the projects click here.