Kew House, Kew, by Piercy & Company
Rustic meets refined in this four-bedroom family house in south-west London's Kew Green conservation area. Split into two wings, Kew House was built using dual prefabricated weathering steel volumes behind an original 19th-century stable wall - the rustic element - and includes a wealth of glass. The interior is full of interesting spaces and unexpected light sources.
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Pobble House, Kent, by Guy Hollaway Architects
Timber, cement board and Corten steel combine in this family house set against the bleak wilderness of Dungeness and its nuclear power station. The profile is one of three pitched roof cabins, with a side pod. A larger block links by a glass bridge to children’s rooms, and a timber deck wraps around the glazed elevation.
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Levring House, Bloomsbury, by Jamie Fobert Architects
This luxurious house fills a corner plot of Doughty Mews in WC1 with free-flowing, contemporary rooms and north and south terraces. Outside, Danish handmade bricks, bronze panels and plenty of glass draw natural light into a house that works well with adjacent buildings. There's a 14m marble-lined lap pool in the basement, and a central glazed lightwell climbs through the floors.
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Sussex House, West Sussex, by Wilkinson King Architects
This contemporary villa offers fabulous views of its setting in the rural South Downs, and a simplicity that gives it a functional feel, cleverly considered to the very last detail. Inside, the double-height void and staircase are key to the elegant arrangement of the open-plan living spaces, while the over-sailing first floor is sun-filled, peaceful, and almost cloister-like.
Flint House, Bucks, by Skene Catling de la Peña
At the Rothschild estate in Waddesdon, this property, split into a main house and an annexe, is inspired by the seam of flint it sits on and the surrounding ploughed chalk fields. Flint cladding starts at the base, slowly changing in construction and texture until it becomes chalk blocks at the highest point, giving a feeling of geological strata with the building dissolving as it reaches to the sky.
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Courtyard House, Newham, by Dallas Pierce Quintero
A series of courtyards bring daylight to this airy, two-bedroom house on a tight east London infill site. It's a home without a sense of overlooking, and protects neighbours' daylight. The 95sqm timber-frame house is mainly open plan, with black profiled cement sheets on the roof, blue brick exposed walls and a white-rendered lightwell.
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Vaulted House, Chiswick, by vPPR Architects
This family house, built on the walled site of a former taxi garage, has six roofs that join to form vaults. Each roof is topped by a skylight, illuminating the open-plan rooms below. Glazed walls slide back to expand the living space on to balconies of perforated mesh that create beautiful shadows on pristine courtyard walls.
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Fitzroy Park House, Highgate, by Stanton Williams
This contemporary four-bedroom home replaces a Fifties house in Highgate conservation area at the edge of Hampstead Heath in north London. Mature trees are preserved in lush new lawns and water gardens. The house is approached via a bridge over a stream, leading to the heart of the home, with the double-height living space and kitchen below. Sliding glass doors open to the garden.
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Stackyard, Diss, Suffolk, by Mole Architects
The focus is on sustainability at this mainly timber-built house, designed to fit beautifully into its countryside setting. RIBA's judges found it "ticked all the boxes of what good architecture is about" with regard to sustainability, budget, timetable, engagement, invention and response to the site, and "enhances its historical but also rural location".
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Folly Farm, Reading, by Frances and Michael Edwards, Architects
This substantial restoration of a Grade I-listed Lutyens house and Gertrude Jekyll grounds relied greatly on photos in a 1913 copy of Country Life magazine that revealed original features, and on renovation materials sourced from their original quarries. Original Lutyens interiors, including their colour, were reinstated by craftspeople whose skill is clear.