A modern take on a traditional English country house has won the RIBA House of the Year 2017.
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
Ness Point Tonkin Liu
6 Wood Lane Birds Portchmouth Russum
Newhouse of Auchengree
The Quest Strom Architecture
Hidden House Coffey Architects
For more details on the RIBA House of the Year Awards and full images of the projects click here.