House of the Year homes are nominated

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House of the Year homes are nominated

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced its longlist for the RIBA House of the Year 2021.

Among the 20 projects in the running to win the UK’s most prestigious award for a new house or extension are a varied selection of very different homes.

These include a highly-sustainable home – a Passivhaus – built on land that once belonged to the gardens of a large country house in Devon.

A skilfully restored stone cottage in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands, Kye House, has also been included.


An elegantly simple home, perched on stilts over the River Thames floodplain in Berkshire, River House, has also made it on to the long list, as has an imaginative remodelling and extension of a semi-detached Victorian house in East London (Grain House).


The shortlist and winner of the RIBA House of the Year 2021 will be revealed in the sixth series of Channel 4’s Grand Designs: House of the Year, produced by Naked West and airing later this year.

The jury for the 2021 House of the Year will include Amin Taha (Chair), chairman of Groupwork; Cany Ash, co-founder of Ash Sakula Architects, and Kieran McGonigle, co-founder of McGonigle McGrath and RIBA House of the Year 2019 winner.


Devon Passivhaus © Jim Stephenson

River House © James Morris

Grain House © Kilian O’Sullivan