The winner of the RIBA House of the Year award, presented annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to the best residential project built in the United Kingdom, was announced during the final evening of the TV series TV Grand Designs: House of the Year on November 25. The winner in 2015 is Flint House, designed by Skene Catling De La Pena.
The home, built on the Rothschild estate in Buckinghamshire, is a brick building covered with worked stone recalling the shape of Villa Malaparte on the island of Capri. The stone cladding chosen by the architects and the house’s pyramid shape link it with the local geology, as if it had been generated by a fracture in the land and were gradually dissolving into the sky, for the cladding changes in colour and consistency moving up the building, like a series of different geological layers.
Flint House is made up of two buildings: the main house and an annex. From inside, the house frames bits of the landscape through big windows, while from the outside it looks not so much like an object in the landscape as a landscape in itself.
Design: Skene Catling De La Pena (Charlotte Skene Catling, Jaime de la Peña)
Location: Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Images courtesy of RIBA, photo by James Morris