Grand Designs House of the Year x RIBA Winner: House on the Hill


Paul Riddle (courtesy of RIBA)

House on the Hill, a contemporary extension to an 18th century farmhouse in Gloucestershire, has won the RIBA 2021 House of the Year Award.

There have been some amazing projects this year and within four weeks the shortlist was unveiled on Channel 4 grand Designs: Home of the Year, presented by Kevin McCloud alongside Damion Burrows and Michelle Ogundehin. Seven homes were up for the coveted prize, from a skinny house in London to a steel water tower in Norfolk, but it’s this house extension in Gloucestershire (pictured above) combining architecture, landscape , housing and art, which impressed the most.

“This is an extraordinary labor of love in architectural form,” said RIBA Chairman Simon Allford. “This geometric design skillfully merges the old and the new – connecting two architectures separated by more than 300 years. Every detail has been meticulously considered and exquisitely finished, resulting in a truly remarkable home that enhances its unique setting.

The RIBA House of the Year award, established in 2013, celebrates excellence and innovation in house design and highlights the best new homes or house extensions designed by an architect in the UK. The awards are run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a global professional body that serves its members and society to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment.

Take a look at the RIBA House of the Year 2021 shortlist below:

  1. The Water Tower – a 1950s steel water tower converted into a house in the Norfolk countryside.
  2. House on the Hill – an imaginative and contemporary extension of an 18th century farmhouse in Gloucestershire overlooking the Wye Valley.
  3. The Slot House – a two storey ‘skinny house’ tucked into a disused Peckham lane.
  4. Theo and Oskar – a 1930s bungalow in Surrey which has been renovated and extended to create a fully accessible and open family home.
  5. House in Assynt – a sustainably built timber house with spectacular views of the west coast of Scotland.
  6. The Outfarm – an exquisite conversion of an early 19th century stone barn once used to house prize cattle in Devon.
  7. Corner House – a new end-of-terrace home that balances past and present.

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WINNER: House on the Hill by Alison Brooks Architects

House on the Hill is a contemporary extension of a small 18th century farmhouse in Gloucestershire, overlooking the Wye Valley.

Winner of the RIBA House of the Year 2021 award, this property has been transformed into a four-phase 10-year program. Today it is a very special place which is both a home and a gallery of Indian and African sculptures.

The first phase converted the original farmhouse. On one side, three floors have combined into a complex new space to create an intimate showroom.

While the actual extension is larger than the original house, there are some wonderful features. The beautiful staircase houses a grid of small sculptures and doubles as a gallery, the upstairs rooms are full of light, and niches and niches add to the playfulness of the space.

Elsewhere, dark brown fiber cement siding, a nod to the nearby Forest of Dean, contrasts with small shards of highly polished stainless steel.

While geothermal and air source heat pumps and solar panels reduce the building’s overall energy consumption, an expansive green roof with native wildflowers reduces rainwater loss. Additionally, the surrounding land has been revitalized with new meadows and wildflower orchards, bordered by pollen-rich hedgerows.

• Location: Lydney

• Contract Value: £1,950,000.00


Tonkin Liu water tower

The Water Tower, an extraordinary family home in Norfolk surrounded by fields and located above and to the north of the local village, is the result of an abandoned structure restored to viable use.

With an effort to preserve and retain as much of the original structure as possible, The Water Tower is the perfect example of how an unloved redundant structure can be given lasting new life through clever design.

• Location: Norfolk

• Contract Value: £575,000.00


The Slot House by Sandy Rendel Architects with Sally Rendel

The Slot House in Peckham, south-east London, is a simple and modest example of what architects do – finding the beautiful and seemingly inevitable from the lean and the ignored. A lean two-story house now fits into what was once a disused alleyway, rewarding its occupants with believable light-filled living spaces.

• Location: London

• Contract Value: £224,000.00


House for Theo and Oskar by Tigg + Coll Architects

This project demonstrates the client’s commitment to the quality of life of his children – Théo and Oskar – to find a solution in a very imaginative way.

Theo and Oskar suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the challenge was to transform a small family cottage into a home that would meet the children’s developmental needs, taking into account their reduced mobility and their interaction with their environment, now and in the future. ‘to come up.

• Location: Surrey

• Contract value: not disclosed


House in Assynt by Mary Arnold-Forster Architects

House in Assynt is an example of sustainable and thoughtful architecture, which has the least possible impact on its environment, while leaving a lasting legacy for its occupants to enjoy.

Described as “an exquisite study of volumetric space and light,” the quality of natural light and well-balanced proportions of the spaces culminate with sweeping mountain views.

• Location: Perthshire

• Contract value: not disclosed


The Outfarm by TYPE Studio

History of family ambition with father, son and companion, this building was found by chance, in ruins on land without authorization for reuse.

This unique, rediscovered barn was a place for prize cattle, and has now been transformed into what is described as a monument ‘approaching the status of a work of art’ and ‘a gem in the rough’.

• Location: Devon

• Contract value: not disclosed


Corner house by 31/44 Architects

Among a row of Victorian terraced houses in south London is Corner House. This new house at the end of the terrace is welcoming and deceptively spacious. The playful subtlety of the design is a highlight, especially the pale, sleek brickwork.

Throughout there are references to Victorian features from neighboring houses – including blind windows, cornices and what from the outside looks like a back verandah but is actually a bedroom.

• Location: London

• Contract value: not disclosed.

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