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2017 House of the Year Contenders Revealed

Housing is in the news a lot at the moment, due to The Bank of England base rate rise, and the knock on affect on mortgage repayments. Today, they’re in the spotlight for another reason altogether. 

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recently announced the longlist of 20 homes for its 2017 House of the Year Award. The honour is the nation’s most coveted and prestigious award for a new home or extension. 

Contenders for house of the year include a Dorset self-build treehouse, complete with its own slide and suspension bridge. Another home, this one near the famous Dover cliffs, has undulating walls to match its surroundings. One residence is both quirky and corky: an Essex holiday home that’s clad in cork and sits atop a tripod structure. 

Without further ado, here is an overview of our personal favourites from the longlisted properties for house of the year.. 


Designed by Lisa Shell Architects Ltd with Marcus Taylor, Redshank is a cork-insulated house pod located in marshland outside St Osyth, Essex. It is accessed using a galvanised steel staircase. 

Woodsman's Treehouse  

Situated deep in the woodland in Thorncombe, Dorset, Woodsman's Treehouse can be reached via a raised walkway and suspension bridge. This unique property was designed by Brownlie Ernst and Marks Limited.  

Ness Point

The structure of Ness Point is designed to blend seamlessly with the famous white cliffs of Dover, with the upstairs rooms facing a different part of the landscape. The home was designed by Tonkin Liu. 

The Quest

Designed by Strom Architects and located in Swanage, Dorset, the Quest was built on land formerly occupied by an old quarry. The single-storey home was originally built for an elderly couple and their daughter. 

Peacock House

Peacock House is located in a tree-lined suburb in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. A compact building designed by BHSF Architekten with Studio-P, it consists of three block-shaped spaces containing living quarters, a study, and a studio.   

6 Wood Lane

6 Wood Lane has a unique and quirky interior with a zig-zag shaped winter garden dome. Located in Highgate, London, it took over seven years to build and was originally designed by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects. 

Cob Corner

Designed by David Sheppard Architects and located in Ivybridge, Devon, Cob Corner took 14 years to complete. This barn conversion uses cob, a traditional technique using hand-shaped clumps of mud combined with straw and sand. 

Caring Wood

Caring Wood was designed by James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. The 1,400sq m property near Maidstone, Kent has four distinct towers and an interlinking roof. 

Hill House

Hill House in Bath is located in a conservation area. This three-bedroom family house was designed by Mike Keys and Anne Claxton and occupies the site of a bungalow from the 1960s. 

Highgate House

Designed by Carmody Groarke, Highgate House is a new-build that replaced a bigger, detached Edwardian home. It is located on the edge of Highgate Woods and was designed by Carmody Groarke. 


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