Grand Designs House of the Year 2019 shortlist

Which houses have been shortlisted for the RIBA House of the Year 2019? We've got details, as featured on Grand Designs House of the Year 2019 on Channel 4.

By Jenny Mcfarlane | 4 November 2019

Grand Designs House of the Year 2019 is airing on Channel 4 – we’ve highlighted the builds shortlisted for the prestigious award so far.

Pocket House in London shortlisted for Riba house of the year 2019

Image: RIBA/David Barbour 

The judges of this year’s RIBA House of the Year Award have a longlist of 20 showstopping buildings, situated all around the country, to consider before they can decide which of them can be awarded the title of best residential building by an architect based in Britain.

Two of the shortlisted properties have just been announced. Here are all the details:

Pocket House

Pocket House in London shortlisted for Riba house of the year 2019

Image: RIBA/Edmund Sumner

The Details

  • Internal Area 105 m²
  • Structural Engineer Built Engineers
  • Environmental / M&E Engineer SGA Consulting

This London project transforms an underutilised micro-site containing garages into a family home. It successfully deals with a number of constraints, including a restriction on height and the need to maintain neighbours’ privacy.

This has been achieved by locating part of the house below ground and through the efficient use of space, including significant built-in storage elements that become architectural features in themselves, adding to the unique character of the house.

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Nithurst Farm

Nithurst Farm is in the shortlist for house of the year 2019 on grand designs house of the year

Image: RIBA/Brotherton-Lock

The Details

  • Internal area 397 m²
  • Contractor Garsden Pepper
  • Structural Engineers Structure Workshop
  • Services Engineer P3r Engineers
  • Drainage Design Bentons Design Consultancy
  • Lighting Design Lightplan Lighting Design
  • Principal Designer Head Projects Group
  • Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant MPA Associates

This extraordinary, single family house has both “enthralled and challenged the jury.” Poetically located in a secluded valley, the house occupies the site of a former modest farm house. The house relates both to a collection of pre-existing, low-key, outbuildings – the remnants of a traditional farmyard and a ribbon lawn between old hedgerows forming a dominant east/ west axis.

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