Five clean cut houses are up for the award
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist for the Manser Medal. The award named after Michael Manser CBE, former President of RIBA, is given for the best one-off house or major extension designed by an architect in the UK.
The shortlist for the Manser Medal 2008 is:
- Private house in Belfast by Twenty Two Over Seven
- Halligan House in St Albans by Simon Conder Associates
- Accordia in Cambridge by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Maccreanor Lavington and Alison Brooks Architects
- Oxley Park in Milton Keynes by Roger by Stirk Harbour & Partners
- Garden Apartment n Kensington, London by Gianni Botsford Architects
The jury highlighted the innovative qualities and cutting edge functionality of the two pioneering housing schemes competing for this year's Manser Medal: Oxeley Park and Accordia.
Private house, one of two family homes short listed, was praised for the pleasing progression from public to private spaces and Halligan House was noted for the architect’s ability to create an uplifting house taking a client brief, a tight sight and an even tighter budget.
Garden Apartment was described by the jury panel as: ”A secret gem, entirely unseen from without, is a tribute to the architect’s imagination, ingenuity and persistence."
The shortlist was drawn from the RIBA Award-winning buildings which were announced earlier this year in May. The Manser Medal winner will be announced and presented alongside five other special awards, at the RIBA Stirling Prize Dinner on Saturday 11 October in Liverpool.
The medal is judged by a panel including Michael Manser CBE, former President of the RIBA; Stephen Marshall, Stephen Marsall Architects; Val King, The Rooflight Company (sponsors) and Tony Chapman, RIBA Head of Awards.
Previous winners include The Salt House by Alison Brooks Architects (2007), Holly Barn by Knox Bhavan Architects (2006) and Stealth House by Robert Dye Associates (2005).