RIBA has announced its House of the Year for 2017. Designed by James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell, Caring Wood re-imagines the traditional English country house. The UK’s official house of the year is inspired by the traditional oast houses of Kent – the agricultural buildings for kilning hops.

RIBA UK House of the Year 2017 Announced

RIBA’s UK House of the Year, Caring Wood, comprises of four distinctive towers with interlinking roofs, which each tower echoing other oast houses in the surrounding area. The house also revives local building crafts and traditions, including locally sourced handmade peg clay tiles, locally quarried ragstone and coppiced chestnut cladding.

Though the home does reference the area’s past, Caring Wood is also very much a contemporary home with an interior design reflecting its modern purpose. It’s these contrasts that earned the house the accolade as announced as part of Channel 4’s Grand Designs: House of the Year, presented by Kevin McCloud, Damion Burrows and Michelle Ogundehin.

Caring Wood fought off competition from the likes of 6 Wood Lane, an urban contemporary home which contrasts tightly planned functional spaces with generous living spaces to maximize daylight and views. We particularly love the mezzanine office space with panoramic windows which comes highlighted in bold primary colours.


The Quest by Magnus Strom was also a strong contender. The single-story family home features flexible deep open plan living – perfect for the home’s owners and their disabled daughter – and comes with stunning views out to the south west of their old farmhouse and the surrounding hills.


Check out more about RIBA’s House of the Year, Caring Wood, as well as all the other home shortlisted over at the Architecture Website.




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