On Tuesday, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced that Caring Wood—designed by James Macdonald Wright of London-based Macdonald Wright Architects and Niall Maxwell of Llandysul, Wales–based Rural Office for Architecture—won this year's House of the Year award.
Located in Leeds village, Caring Wood was designed to accommodate three generations, and the form is composed of four towers centered around a core. "The house engages in the dialogue of critical regionalism: progressive design practice which is also infused with a spirit of local identity," according to Macdonald Wright Architects.
The other projects shortlisted for the prize were Shawm House by MawsonKerr Architects, Ness Point by Tonkin Liu, 6 Wood Lane by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects, the Quest by Strom Architects, Newhouse of Auchengree by Ann Nisbet Studio, and Hidden House by Coffey Architects.
The jury was comprised of jury chair Deborah Saunt, DSDHA; Richard Murphy, Richard Murphy Architects; Sandra Coppin, Coppin Dockray Architects; Sebastian Cox, Sebastian Cox Studio; and Jenny Eclair, a writer and comedian.