Grand Designs farmhouse that took a decade to revive is topped Home of the Yr

A Georgian farmhouse that took 10 years to meticulously restore in a “labour of affection” has been named the winner of Channel 4 collection Grand Designs: Home of the Yr.

Home on the Hill, a Gloucestershire farmhouse extension, was topped with the title within the collection’ finale on Wednesday (December 8).

The three-storey stone farmhouse has been transformed right into a gallery area for house owners David and Jenny and their artwork assortment, whereas a brand new two-storey wing is partially embedded into the hillside.

The annual award, which was established in 2013, is introduced by the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) to the UK’s finest new architect-designed home.

Riba president Simon Allford mentioned: “This geometric design skilfully fuses collectively the outdated with the brand new – connecting two architectures separated by over 300 years.

“Intriguing and distinguished, Home on the Hill is the spectacular results of a 10-year collaboration between the householders and their architect. That is a rare labour of affection in architectural kind.

“Each element has been meticulously thought-about and exquisitely completed, leading to a very exceptional dwelling that enhances its distinctive setting.”

Inside Home on the Hill, a strikingly modern extension to a Georgian farmhouse in Gloucestershire, designed by Alison Brooks Architects, which has been named RIBA Home of the Yr 2021.

The property overlooks the Wye Valley in an Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence.

Its house owners mentioned: “Ours was a really protracted venture, so the consumer and architect relationship needed to be certainly one of mutual confidence.

“The interaction of the home and its gardens with the broader surrounds gives an ever-changing supply of delight.

“The home is in an Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence and the home and the panorama complement one another. To return to the home after a spell away is to resume our admiration of the scheme.”

Inside House on the Hill, a strikingly contemporary extension to a Georgian farmhouse in Gloucestershire, designed by Alison Brooks Architects.
Inside Home on the Hill, a strikingly modern extension to a Georgian farmhouse in Gloucestershire, designed by Alison Brooks Architects.

Architect Amin Tahahair, of the Riba Home of the Yr 2021 jury, mentioned: “Some a long time within the making … The jury felt Alison Brooks Architects had utilized their long-researched technique of subtly breaking down the inflexible and spatially predictable grid with mild inflection.”

Architect Brooks designed angles all through the home which have been deliberately skewed and undulating, to echo the topography of the adjoining meadows.

Brooks added: “It’s an actual honour to win Riba Home of the Yr amongst an completed shortlist of gorgeous initiatives.

“I see personal home commissions as a uncommon alternative to check new concepts in a concentrated kind – they’re the constructed equal of writing an essay.

“So, this accolade is a testomony to my consumer’s perception within the worth of structure and their willingness to embrace the brand new.”

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