UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 winners revealed

The Passivhaus Trust (PHT) announced the winners of the UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 on Friday 8 July.

PHT members voted online or at an awards ceremony on 7 July in London to determine the winners of this year’s competition which aimed to encourage uptake of the Passivhaus standard within the selfbuild market.

Tectonics Architects and HLM Architects were named winners in the Urban and Rural categories respectively.

Tectonics’ Lansdowne Drive is a zinc clad two-story Passivhaus home and the first Passivhaus certified dwelling in Hackney, East London. The practice created a building “with the generic simplicity, flexibility, light and character found in industrial or studio spaces”.

The structure was prefabricated in Cross Laminated Timber and erected in two days. Internally, the structural materials and their assembly are left exposed, from concrete or timber to galvanised conduits and ducts.

HLM Architects’ Tigh na Croit nestles into an area of former crofting land in Gorstan in the Scottish Highlands. This contemporary low energy building is inspired by the rural landscape and is one of the most northerly certified Passivhaus UK schemes.

The primary material for the house is white render with limited areas of stained timber cladding. Recognisable details of highland rural forms are used in terms of chimneys, roof pitch, verges, eaves and carefully placed openings.

This year’s shortlist also featured RDAs’ Chiswick Eco Lodge – a bespoke semi-sunk Passivhaus home set in a dense urban space; Anne Thorne Architects’ L-shaped brick Meeting house built within a York conservation area; Green Building Store’s detached Golcar Passivhaus home with clean, simple lines and narrow timber windows; Gresford Architects’ Old Water Tower in rural Newbury and Parsons + Whittley’s curved Lime Tree Passivhaus built on a tight arc-shaped garden plot near a protected lime tree.

The shortlist was compiled by a jury featuring PHT CEO Jon Bootland, Architect’s Journal architecture editor Laura Mark, PHT technical director Nick Grant and PHT Design & Research Associate Yogini Patel.