2014 RIBA Manser Medal shortlist 04.09.14

  • House No 7, Isle of Tiree, Scotland by Denizen Works

  • House No 7: “This house is notable for the tactile pleasure which is invoked by every simple activity, even just opening a door. It is full of thoughtful playfulness.”

  • Lens House in north London by Alison Brooks Architects

  • Lens House: “It is dramatic, light and welcoming, practical and well considered at every level.”

  • Cliff House, Isle of Skye, Scotland by Dualchas Architects

  • Cliff House: “A deceptively simple response to a unique island setting.”

  • The Kench in Hampshire by MELOY Architects

  • The Kench: “This beautifully detailed little summer house sets a new standard for construction quality and finish.”

  • Luker House in Barnes, south west London by Jamie Fobert Architects

  • Luker House: “An essay in how to transform a totally unpromising site into something poetic and memorable.”

  • Stormy Castle in Gower, Wales by Loyn & Co Architects

  • Stormy Castle: “This is a brave design in an area of Wales where the more conservative, vernacular indigenous design solution usually holds sway.”

RIBA president Stephen Hodder encourages volume housebuilders to learn from the nominees for the housing prize

Alison Brookes Architects, Denizen Works and Jamie Fobert Architects are among the six practices shortlisted for the 2014 RIBA Manser Medal.

The candidates for this year's best British house include two projects in Scotland, three in England and one in Wales. Among these are a summer house on the south coast, a refurbished "black-house" on the Isle of Tiree, a double-height extension of a Georgian villa, a brick house wedged into a difficult site; a home hidden in a cliffside on the Isle of Skye and a contemporary castle.

RIBA president Stephen Hodder said: "The originality, ingenuity and innovation on show in this shortlist should be an inspiration for anyone planning to build or make improvements to their own home. I encourage the UK's volume housebuilders to look at the shortlisted schemes – we all deserve to live in homes that comfort and delight us."

The winner will be announced on 16 October. You can see all the shortlisted projects above, along with the judges' comments.

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