1st Edition

21st Century Houses RIBA Award-Winning Homes

By Dominic Bradbury Copyright 2022
    336 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

    Many people dream of commissioning an architect to design their perfect home. It is a commitment that takes time and money, but having a bespoke space built around your specific needs, interests and desires can be life-changing. So, what makes an award-winning, 21st-century house? The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has been championing outstanding work for over 180 years, and the internationally recognised RIBA awards celebrate the very best in British architecture. The winning houses, featured here, showcase truly innovative design, contemporary materials and techniques, and inspired responses to historical and urban settings, as well as areas of natural beauty. By working closely with clients every step of the way, the architects’ extraordinary buildings redefine what ‘home’ looks like. This compilation of some of the best RIBA award-winning houses from the last ten years offers an essential source of ideas and inspiration for the contemporary British home. From a sustainable townhouse to a modern cottage, a hillside home to a lakeside escape, these houses are show-stopping examples of architects surpassing their clients’ loftiest dreams. Featuring:

    • The best RIBA award-winning houses from the last decade
    • Houses from each region of the UK
    • A rich variety of projects – from new builds to conversions to extensions
    • Case studies from esteemed practices, including: Alison Brooks Architects, Chris Dyson Architects, Foster Lomas, Henning Stummel Architects, Mole Architects and Tonkin Liu
    • Guidance for working with architects.




    Part One – The Houses South

    Cork House 

    Matthew Barnett Howland (with Dido Milne & Oliver Wilton) 

    Lark Rise 

    Bere: architects  

    Berkshire House 

    Gregory Phillips Architects  

    Pheasants House 

    Sarah Griffiths & Amin Taha  

    House 19 

    Heinz Richardson  

    The Cheeran House 

    John Pardey Architects South East

    Harbour House 

    McLean Quinlan

    Hill House Passivhaus 

    Meloy Architects

    Black House 

    AR Design Studio 

    Caring Wood 

    James Mcdonald Wright & Niall Maxwell

    Shoreham Beach House 

    ABIR Architects

    North Vat 

    Rodic Davidson

    Bumpers Oast 


    Le Petit Fort 

    Hudson Architects South West

    The Green House 

    David Sheppard Architects 

    Batelease Farm 

    New British Design

    Duncan Cottage 

    James Grayley Architects

    The Quest 

    Strom Architects 


    Loyn & Co Architects 

    Windward House

    Alison Brooks Architects London

    Kenwood Lee House 

    Cousins & Cousins

    South London House 

    Jonathan Pile 

    The Makers House

    Liddicoat & Goldhill 

    The Cooperage 

    Chris Dyson Architects 

    Covert House 


    The Tin House 

    Henning Stummel Architects East of England


    Tate Harmer

    Five Acre Barn 

    Blee Halligan

    Backwater Platform

    5 Architects

    Marsh Hill 

    Mole Architects


    Lisa Shell Architects (with Marcus Taylor) 

    Water Tower 

    Tonkin Liu East Midlands

    Artemis Barn 

    Chiles Evans + Care Architects

    Hannington Farm 

    James Gorst Architects

    Font House 

    Woldon Architects

    Contour House 

    Sanei Hopkins Architects West Midlands

    Barn House 

    Stolon Studio

    Hope View House 

    Warren Benbow Architects 

    Cheshire Street House 

    form:form architects  North East

    St Andrews Road House 

    Elliott Architects 

    Edge Hill 

    Sutherland Hussey Harris Architects North West

    Farnworth House 

    Smith Young Architects 

    House in Cumbria 

    Bennetts Associates 

    House for an Art Lover 

    Shed KM Yorkshire

    Old Shed New House 

    Tonkin Liu Architects 

    Contemporary Lean To 

    Doma Architects 

    Barrow House 

    ID/Architecture   Wales

    Silver How 

    Hall + Bednarczyk Architects 

    Silver House 

    Hyde & Hyde Architects 

    House in North Wales 

    Martin Edwards Architects 

    Stormy Castle 

    Loyn + Co Architects Northern Ireland

    House Lessans 

    McGonigle McGrath 

    County Down Barn 

    Micah T Jones Architects 

    Maison Wedge 

    BGA Architects  Scotland

    An Cala Mary


    Briongos MacKinnon House 

    Richard Murphy Architects

    The Black House 

    Dualchas Architects

    House No. 7 

    Denizen Works

    Edinburgh Road 

    HAAR Architects

    Fernaig Cottage

    Scampton & Barnett Architects  

    Part Two – The Guide 

    1. Finding an Architect

    2. Working with an Architect

    3. Planning & Consultation

    4. Expert Advice

    5. Listing of Featured Architects


    Dominic Bradbury is a writer, journalist and consultant specialising in architecture and design. His many books include the Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses, The Iconic House, Mid-Century Modern Design, Off the Grid, New Nordic Houses and Dungeness: Coastal Architecture. As a journalist, Bradbury contributes to many newspapers and magazines in the UK and internationally, including The Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, House & Garden and Elle Decoration. He lives in Norfolk with his wife and children.