Kristy Gray

Grand Designs: Flint House scoops top prize

A flint-clad house designed for Lord Rothschild that resembles an Aztec temple has won this year's coveted Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) House of the Year award.

Revealed by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud as part of a special four-part TV series on Channel 4, Flint House was designed by architects Skene Catling De La Pena and is set in the flint-layered fields at the Rothschild estate in Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire. The property is inspired by the seam of flint it sits on and the surrounding ploughed chalk fields. 

McCloud was impressed with the boldness of the exterior design, and the flexibility of the modern interior frames which frames the view of the breathtaking local landscape

The full shortlist for the award also included several ingenious London homes, from a property tucked behind a 19th-century stable wall in Kew, to a family house built on the walled site of a former taxi garage that has six roofs joined to form vaults.

The RIBA House of the Year award (formerly the Manser Medal) is awarded every year to the best new house designed by an architect in the UK. It was created in 2001 to celebrate excellence in housing design.  Visit for more details.

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