Grand Designs: House of the Year

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Each year the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) evaluates significant new single-family residential builds across the UK. They come up with a short-list that’s whittled down to a handful of finalists before naming their House of the Year. For UK architects, it’s the Academy Awards of architecture.

Center City In-Fill House on Site of old Taxi Yard
Center City In-Fill House on Site of old Taxi Yard

I’ve written about British homebuilding show Grand Designs before. This year, in concert with RIBA, they’ve filmed four special episodes that tour each of the semi-finalists before naming the House of the Year. The photos above and below are homes I find interesting. They’re in-fill houses tucked into unused and difficult lots in the center of London. Other finalists include sprawling country homes, cliff-side hangers and the like. But as always, I gravitate towards urban architecture.

City In-fill House on Site of old Contractor's Yard
City In-fill House on Site of old Contractor’s Yard

If you want to see the best in modern architecture in the UK, have a look, courtesy of YouTube.

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Jon Anderson is's condo/HOA and developer columnist, but also covers second home trends on An award-winning columnist, Jon has earned silver and bronze awards for his columns from the National Association of Real Estate Editors in both 2016, 2017 and 2018. When he isn't in Hawaii, Jon enjoys life in the sky in Dallas.

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