Grand designs: RIBA judges praise the Tin House in Shepherd’s Bush as 'an unexpected jewel'

This striking piece of burnt orange architecture is among five London homes longlisted for Riba's House of the Year award.

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An extraordinary house hidden in a former breakers yard "moved, delighted and inspired" inspired Riba judges.

The Tin House, an "unexpected back-land jewel", designed by Henning Stummel for himself and his family, took an unpromising site and transformed it.

The tin-clad buildings are all linked and surround a tranquil courtyard that provides privacy from surrounding houses.

In the courtyard, a shallow pool reflects the light from the metal walls, turning the area into both a bright and calming space.

In the house itself, the judges also singled out the opening roof-lights that bring fresh cool air inside from air cooled over the pool. 

They concluded: "The house has a beautiful balance of delight and is obviously an uplifting and practical place to live."

The Riba House of the Year award will be broadcast as part of a special Channel 4 Grand Designs series, presented by Kevin McCloud later in the year.


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