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21st Century Houses
RIBA Award-Winning Homes

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ISBN 9781914124341
Published October 3, 2022 by RIBA Publishing
336 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents




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

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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.