The twenty projects on the longlist, all designed by an architect in the UK, were revealed today ahead of a ceremony to crown the UK’s most extraordinary new home or extension this autumn.
Old Shed New House, a farm shed on the edge of a North Yorkshire village converted into a “part country cottage, part classical villa”, is among the 2018 highlights.
Others include a playful black timber-clad house on the outskirts of Belfast, built for just £100k, and two houses built side-by-side by neighbours in Newcastle using local bricks, polished concrete and steel in a nod to the region’s industrial heritage.
The stories behind each striking home will air on Channel 4 later this year.
Previous winners of this annual prize include Richard Murphy Architects for Murphy House last year, Skene Catling de la Peña for Flint House in 2015, Loyn & Co for Stormy Castle in 2014 and Carl Turner Architects for Slip House in 2013.
The Riba Awards, now in their 52nd year, are also useful in highlighting the latest design trends. Sustainability is a big one for 2018, with materials being sensitively chosen to complement their natural surroundings.
The prestigious prizes celebrate architectural highlights from across the country, with the winners ranging in scale from major cultural buildings like Tate St Ives and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to under-the-radar gems like Lochside House, an eco-friendly home hidden in the West Highlands.
Flick through the gallery above for the Riba House of the Year 2018 longlist.