Eldridge London Architects have won the 2017 Manser Medal, the prestigious architectural award recognising the very best home design in the UK.
The Manser Medal is widely regarded as the UK’s most coveted award for one-off house design. It was first presented in 2001 to inspire innovation in house design and create exemplars to be taken up by the wider house-building industry. Named in honour of Michael Manser CBE, RA, PPRIBA, the Medal is presented in association with the Sunday Times British Homes Awards, with the winner receiving a £5,000 prize fund.
Michael’s son Jonathan Manser, managing director of The Manser Practice commented:
“My father is honoured that a Medal was introduced in his name to recognise design excellence in one-off home design. Since Cezary Bednarski’s inaugural win in 2001 subsequent winning architects have earned industry acclaim and public recognition and helped their business. I am delighted with the plans to further build on this successful legacy with the Medal now enjoying an even bigger profile as an integral part of the highly respected British Homes Awards with the Sunday Times and with the added attraction of a prize fund for the winning architect”
The short-list of six schemes was selected from designs that were highly commended this year within the three British Homes Awards’ categories for a best One-Off House or Extension:
- up to 3,000 ft²
- over 3,000 ft² and
- home transformation of the year
The medal Judging Panel visited homes on the short-list prior to making their decision.
Accompanying Jonathan Manser were fellow judges:
- Chris Loyn, architect and founder, Loyn + Co Architects, twice a Manser Medal winner with Stormy Castle in 2010 and Outhouse in 2016
- Sandra Coppin, Director, Coppin Dockray Architecture & Design
The six short-listed schemes were:
- Strom Architects: The Quest
- Liddicoat & Goldhill LLP: The Maker’s House
- Scampton & Barnett Architects: Fernaig Cottage
- Patalab Architecture: Heath House
- Hyde + Hyde Architects: Silver House
- Eldridge London Architects: House in Coombe Park, Kingston
In awarding the Medal to Mike Gibson of Eldridge London and home owner Jim Mason at the presentation of the 2017 Sunday Times British Homes Awards Jonathan Manser enthused:
“In the middle of boxy suburbia this house appears to hover above the ground when seen from the road and the illusions continue at every level thereafter. Beautifully designed and built, with immaculate detailing, there is hardly a straight line in the building and the resultant plan, linkage of spaces, and relationship of the house to its carefully sculpted garden is nothing if not innovative. The building stays in the mind and discussion and further thought, not to say argument, ensue. This is a house that can’t be ignored, has many stunning and surprising elements and whilst unlikely to be copied will give Architects and house builders much to think about. A fantastically brave and well executed ‘grand project’ of domestic architecture!”
Recognising the Medal’s industry respected legacy Nick Eldridge commented:
“We are honoured to be the recipient of the 2017 Manser Medal as it is the one award which has consistently championed quality and innovation in house design. The recognition from our peers, who know the challenges of making architecture, cannot be underestimated.”