RIBA Announces 2013 Manser Medal Shortlist

Slip House / Carl Turner Architects . Image © Tim Crocker

The shortlist for the 2013 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Manser Medal, awarded to the best new house or major extension in the UK, has been revealed. Amongst the five competing projects, which have all won either National or Regional , is Astley Castle, which has also been shortlisted for the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize

The 2013 Manser Medal shortlist includes:

Astley Castle / Witherford Watson Mann Architects

Astley Castle / Witherford Watson Mann Architects . Image © Helene Binet
Astley Castle / Witherford Watson Mann Architects. Image

Described by Joseph Rykwert as a “quiet intervention” and a “sensitive re-occupation,” this previously ruined historic castle in Warwickshire has been gently restored and renovated in a way that retains “a feeling of incompleteness” whilst simultaneously “binding it together” (William Mann).

Crowbrook / Knox Bhavan Architects

Crowbrook / Knox Bhavan Architects . Image © Dennis Gilbert
Crowbrook / Knox Bhavan Architects . Image © Dennis Gilbert

Built on the site of a 1970s bungalow in Hertfordshire, Crowbrook has been designed as a family home which accommodates the specific needs the occupants – namely, accessibility. The building is described by Sasha Bhavan as “a striking, modern, energy efficient and empathetic reinterpretation of the local vernacular.”

Downley House / Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Downley House / Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects . Image © Nick Kane
Downley House / Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects . Image © Nick Kane

Built in the South Downs National Park (Hampshire), Downley is a “playful” reinvention of the English country house. A ruin is enclosed by distinctive curved forms and cylindrical towers which harbour “spaces of natural textures, contrasts and indigenous materials” (Andrew Birds).

Rockmount / ShedKM

Rockmount / Shed KM. Image © Chris Brink
Rockmount / Shed KM. Image © Chris Brink

Located in a conservation area on the Wirral, Rockmount is “a pair of exposed in situ concrete flat slabs, supported on concrete columns” with views out across “the rugged land and seascape” (Greg Blee). Designed as a large family home with a strong connection to the outdoors, the building sits on the brow of a hill surrounded by “outcrops of red sandstone.”

Slip House / Carl Turner Architects

Slip House / Carl Turner Architects . Image © Tim Crocker
Slip House / Carl Turner Architects . Image © Tim Crocker

Sitting in a row of terraced houses in Brixton, Slip House is defined by three piled cantilevered boxes. Planned around maximising light and minimising any intrusion on and from neighbours, it has been designed with “flexibility for future adaptation” in mind (Carl Turner).

The winner will be announced at the 2013 Stirling Prize party on November 26, 2013 at Central Saint Martins in London’s King’s Cross.

Manser Medal 2013 Jury:

The medal has previously been award to MaisonL by Christian Pottgiesser in 2012, and Hampstead Lane by Duggan Morris in 2011.

References: RIBA, Architects’ Journal

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