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Stunning Georgian farmhouse that took 10 years to restore named House of the Year on Grand Designs

By December 8, 2021No Comments

The winner was announced on Wednesday night (Picture: Paul Riddle/Channel 4)

A stunning Georgian farmhouse which took more than a decade to restore in a ‘labour of love’ has been named House of the Year.

House on the Hill, a Gloucestershire farmhouse extension, was revealed as the winner in the final episode of the Channel 4 series Grand Designs: House of the Year on Wednesday evening.

Owners David and Jenny converted the three-storey farmhouse into a gallery space to house their art collection, while also adding a new two-storey wing embedded into the hillside.

The annual award is presented by the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) to the UK’s best new architect-designed house.

Riba president Simon Allford said: ‘This geometric design skilfully fuses together the old with the new – connecting two architectures separated by over 300 years.

‘Intriguing and distinguished, House on the Hill is the impressive result of a 10-year collaboration between the homeowners and their architect. This is an extraordinary labour of love in architectural form.

The result was announced on Wednesday evening (Picture: Paul Riddle Photographer Limited)

House on the Hill wowed the judges (Picture: Steve Morgan)

‘Every detail has been meticulously considered and exquisitely finished, resulting in a truly remarkable home that enhances its unique setting.’

The restored 18th farmhouse overlooks the Wye Valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The owners of House on the Hill said: ‘Ours was a very protracted project, so the client and architect relationship had to be one of mutual confidence.

The house is built in an area of outstanding natural beauty (Picture: Paul Riddle Photographer Limited)

‘The interplay of the house and its gardens with the wider surrounds provides an ever-changing source of pleasure.

‘The house is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the house and the landscape complement each other. To return to the house after a spell away is to renew our admiration of the scheme.’

Architect Amin Tahahair, of the Riba House of the Year 2021 jury, said: ‘Some decades in the making … The jury felt Alison Brooks Architects had applied their long-researched process of subtly breaking down the rigid and spatially predictable grid with gentle inflection.’

A worthy winner (Picture: Paul Riddle Photographer Limited)

The house was converted to house an impressive art collection (Picture: Paul Riddle Photographer Limited)

The four-part series of Grand Designs: House of the Year showcased seven shortlisted properties, which included a 1950s steel water tower which had been converted into a home in rural Norfolk.

Brooks added: ‘It’s a real honour to win Riba House of the Year amongst an accomplished shortlist of beautiful projects.

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‘I see private house commissions as a rare opportunity to test new ideas in a concentrated form – they are the built equivalent of writing an essay.

‘So, this accolade is a testament to my client’s belief in the value of architecture and their willingness to embrace the new.’

Grand Designs: House of the Year is available to stream on All4.

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