RIBA GRAND DESIGNS HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2018

A Stunning Lochside retreat in the Scottish Highlands has been named UK’s best new home as winner of RIBA Grand Designs House Of The Year 2018. The house was designed by Haysom Ward Miller Architects and comprises of three finely-crafted buildings huddled together and clad in burnt Scottish larch, protected by a traditional drystone wall. Situated in a magical location, on the edge of a Loch, perfectly integrated into the wild as it sits against a breath-taking backdrop of rugged mountains. All energy used at Lochside House comes from the sun and water is pulled up from a borehole. The new home in the West Highlands was designed by Haysom Ward Miller Architects.

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Last year’s winner of the RIBA Award was Caring Wood  ‘a 21st Century Country Mansion’ in Leeds village Kent.   Refreshingly another Kent property reached the longlist of contenders for the 2018 award.  Black House ‘ a floating mansion’ was among the innovative pieces of architecture featured in the Grand Designs series comprising of four ‘balancing cantilevers’, each with a different focal point for its interior, each  ‘hovering above the garden’ and with a unique brick tower lookout point making the most of the surrounding views. 

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The judges were impressed by the property’s crisp, clean lines and thoughtful response to the landscape', inspired by the nearby Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, where the gardens are broken into a series of individual 'experiences' This concept was reflected in the layout of the house with principal spaces located on the four corners and each one enjoying a different relationship with the surrounding landscape.  Owners Tina and Norman along with Architects AR Design Studio, originally intended the project to take just 12 months but by pushing the boundaries with the four daring cantilevers it took three years to complete and their budget doubled. All worth it in the end though!