RIBA of the house award is one of the UK’s highest honors in residential design and this year’s last few places in the shortlist of finalists are filling up faster than expected. Amongst the nominees are a generous and clever central London house and a beautifully proportioned countryside home in County Down.
1) Levring House
Levring House is the inspired work of London based architect Jamie Fobert. Occupying a typical mews house plot in Bloomsbury, this modern home is spacious and stylish, making the most of its site, materials and orientation.
Made of Danish hand made bricks, bronze panels and clear glazing, Levring House also includes a delightful 14m long marble lined lap pool in its basement, as well as ample space for work and play for the owners. A central light well at its heart helps natural light penetrate deep into all interiors.
2) Maghera’s House
The House at Maghera was designed by Belfast architecture practice McGonigle McGrath. The house, designed within an existing settlement, takes its cues from the area’s vernacular architecture and arrangement. It is composed of two forms, wedged together. Inside, large, open spaces offer ample living space. A clean decor and a neutral colour palette allows the nature, beautifully framed by carefully placed openings, to take centre stage, uniting inside and outside.
With one more nominee left to be revealed, anticipation is rising fast with the winner revealed on next November 25.