RIBA Selects Six Houses for 2014 Manser Medal Shortlist

Stormy Castle / Loyn & Co Architects. Image © Charles Hosea

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist for this year’s Manser Medal, the award given for Britain’s best new house. With a shortlist comprising a mixture of two London townhouses, a seaside getaway and three remote getaways in Scotland and Wales, the winner of this year’s Manser medal will be announced at the ’s ceremony on October 16th.

RIBA President Steven Hodder said of the shortlisted schemes: “With each of the projects, the architects have added real value to the homeowner’s happiness and wellbeing. The originality, ingenuity and innovation on show in this shortlist should be an inspiration for anyone planning to build or make improvements to their own home. I encourage the UK’s volume house builders to look at the shortlisted schemes – we all deserve to live in homes that comfort and delight us.”

Read on after the break for all six shortlisted projects

Scottish Architects To Launch “Architects For Yes” Campaign in Edinburgh

The Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh. Image © Dave Morris Photography

In advance of the Scottish Independence vote next month, a group of Edinburgh-based architects led by Alasdair Stephen of will launch an “Architects for Yes” campaign in support of independence. The campaign, which currently has backing from over 50 architects, states these architects’ belief that independence could be a way to “design a new, better .” More about the campaign and the launch ceremony after the break.

Cliff House / Dualchas Architects

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Architects: Dualchas Architects
Location: , Isle of Skye, Highland, UK
Architect In Charge: Daniel Bär
Area: 115 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Lee

Borreraig House / Dualchas Architects

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Architects: Dualchas Architects
Location: Glendale, , United Kingdom
Year: 2011
Photographs: Andrew Lee, James Benedict Brown, Courtesy of Dualchas Architects

Raasay Hall / Dualchas Architects

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Architects: Dualchas Architects
Location: , UK
Year: 2009
Photographs: Andrew Lee

Tigh Port na Long / Dualchas Architects

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Architects: Dualchas Architects
Location: Isle of Skye,
Main Contractor: Neil MacKay & Co.
Area: 200 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Andre Lee, Courtesy of