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RIBA names Lord Rothschild 'wedge' House of the Year

RIBA names Lord Rothschild 'wedge' House of the Year

28 November 2015 Email this article

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named a wedge-shaped 6,200 sq. ft. house in Buckinghamshire as its House of the Year.

Commissioned by Lord Rothschild for use by his family, Flint House rises out of the ground with step-style roofing that disappears into the sky. The house, designed by architects Skene Catling De La Pena, sits in the grounds of Rothchild’s estate at Waddesdon Manor and has been constructed using masonry and flint cladding. The house is valued as being worth more than £2 million.

RIBA commented that the home - which is split into a main house plus an annexe - is ‘an intriguing and intelligent mixed application of rooftops, terraces and recesses that combine to deliver a stunning piece of liveable, provoking, modern architecture that marries into the earthly yet beautiful countryside’.

The judges added: ‘This is a beautiful addition to a beautiful landscape’ and that it was a marvel of geological evolution and construction… a celebration of location, material and architectural design at its best’.