The winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) House of the Year has been named as Flint House in Buckinghamshire.
Lord Rothschild commissioned the wedge-shaped property, designed by architects Skene Catling De La Pena, for his family.
The house rises out of the ground with step-style roofing that disappears upwards.
Judges described the property as “a marvel of geological evolution and construction… a celebration of location, material and architectural design at its best”.
It is located within the grounds of Lord Rothschild’s estate at Waddesdon Manor. It was built using masonry and flint cladding.
The home is split into a main house and annexe. The RIBA says it is “an intriguing and intelligent mixed application of rooftops, terraces and recesses that combine to deliver a stunning piece of liveable, provoking, modern architecture that marries into the earthly yet beautiful countryside”.
The judges add: “This is a beautiful addition to a beautiful landscape.”1
President of the RIBA, Jane Duncan, says: “The shortlist for the RIBA’s House of the Year represents a remarkable diversity of architectural skills and outcomes.
“I am delighted that Skene Catling De La Pena’s Flint House for Lord Rothschild has won this year’s prize. Although superbly original and unique, it continues a fine tradition of RIBA award-winning houses that provide exemplars for others – architects, clients and developers. Congratulations to all involved.”1
Take a look at some of the runners up in our story on London property: /london-homes-up-for-the-house-of-the-year-prize/