Step inside the House of the Year 2015: Flint House takes the annual crown

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  • It's set in stone - Flint House is the UK's best new house 2015

    The winner of the coveted ‘House of the Year Award’ 2015 has been revealed!

    RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects, scours the country each year in pursuit of the UK’s best new house before crowning it with its annual House of the Year tiara.

    The annual award was founded in 2001 and aims to find, celebrate and promote supremacy in housing architecture across the country.

    On Wednesday, November 25, Channel 4’s Grand House Designs: House of the Year had the honour of announcing this year’s winner…

    Flint House in Buckinghamshire!

    Flint House sits in the Waddesdon Manor Estate and was commissioned by the owner himself, Lord Rothschild. Ideal for hosting guests who can’t find space in the palace (this place blows Hogwarts out of the water) the nifty spot sits far out in the land with panoramic views of the untouched countryside.

    Rising above the flat plains, the triangular building, topped with a stairway to heaven, is constructed of masonry and flint cladding.

    According to architects Skene Catling De La Pena, it was important for the house to celebrate the countryside so they dipped it in flint native to Buckinghamshire.

    To keep the architecture diverse and unique, they also designed it in a dramatic triangular shape as if sticking out of the ground like flint poking it’s head out of the field’s surface.

    Inside, it’s just as stunning. Large panels of glass allow the countryside to stream in and for the sunlight to bounce off the walls, equally coated in nuggets of crystal flint.

    The judges commended that Flint House is ‘a marvel of geological evolution and construction’ before the RIBA president remarked: ‘I am delighted that Skene Catling De La Pena’s Flint House for Lord Rothschild has won this year’s prize.

    ‘Although superbly original and unique, it continues a fine tradition of RIBA award-winning houses that provide exemplars for others’.

    Estimated to be worth over
    £2 million due to the house’s grounds in which it sits, the house is a snug abode for when the high life of Waddesdon Manor gets a little too rich.

    The shortlisted runners up this year were:

    The Mill

    Kew House

    Levring House

    Sussex House

    Vaulted House

    House at Maghera

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