The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has just announced its House of the Year 2018. Designed by Haysom Ward Miller, Lochside House which sits on the edge of a lake in the Scottish Highlands beat six other projects to be crowned the UK’s best house of 2018.

This ‘Off-Grid’ Abode Has Been Named the RIBA House of the Year

The RIBA House of the Year was announced last night during the final episode of the Channel 4’s Grand Designs: House of the Year. Made up of three buildings, the Lochside House cottage is crafted from natural materials and offers stunning views of its picturesque location.

Characterised by charred Scottish larch which clads the building’s exterior, the house is ‘off-grid’, producing its own electricity from solar panels and sourcing clean water from its own borehole. Inside, the property is more minimalist than its traditional exterior may suggest, with highlights including ceilings lined in oiled timber, a focal fireplace and large windows framing views of the surrounding mountains and loch.


RIBA president Ben Derbyshire described the house as “the perfect addition to this dream landscape,” adding, “by containing its scale and making use of local materials, HaysomWardMiller have created a home which perfectly responds to its exposed, unique location.”

The house was chosen as the RIBA House of the Year by a panel of judges made up of architects, journalists and engineers and beat off the likes of the Old Shed New House, a house built in the framework of an old barn, and Red House, a London terrace property featuring a decorative relief facade.


Check out more images of the Lochside House below and see more info over at the Haysom Ward Miller Website.

All photography by Richard Fraser.


Last year’s RIBA House of the Year winner was Caring Wood. Designed by James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell, the house was inspired by the traditional oast houses of Kent – the agricultural buildings for kilning hops.



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