Sustainable design favourites from RIBA Awards

RIBA have recently announced their shortlists for the RIBA Regional Awards, consisting of two hundred and twenty-six completed projects across the UK.

We decided to create our own sub-categories and pick a select few that stood out to us, listing below our sustainable design project shortlist.

alma-nac – House within a House

alma-nac has transformed a two-story London property, dating back to the 1950’s, into a comfortable contemporary living space for a family of seven, whilst providing an economical and sustainable solution to create a thermally-efficient home.

Sustainable favourites from RIBA Awards - alma-nac

They found it inappropriate to tear down the original building, due to its strong structure and therefore the thought of not making use of the existing materials.

‘It leads you past an exposed brick wall of the original house, emphasising the house-within-a-house effect’

The original roof was removed to extend the home to a third floor, however alma-nac kept the pitched-shape roof so as not to disrupt the shape of the neighbouring property. They also added a side ground floor extension which will lead you to the front door.

Baart Harries Newall – Number Four

Baart Harries Newall holds an existing relationship with the owners at Number Four, due to being involved in many planning applications with them.

Sustainable favourites from RIBA Awards - Baart Harries Newall

In this project, BHN had provided a bridge link to the neighbouring building and presenting the contrast of old and new, to sustainably preserve the heritage properties of the area.

Giving a modern architectural experience, BHN have extended the single story building to offer a first floor using the existing masonry walls, which will support a proposed mezzanine.

McLean Quinlan – Sustainable Design – Devon Passivhaus

McLean Quinlan created the Devon Passivhaus to compliment the garden of which the inspiration came from. With glass roofing in the centre of the building and spaces arranged around this feature, the property is a comfortable home and gallery for the pottery and art collector clients.

Sustainable favourites from RIBA Awards - McLean Quinlan

It is also noted that the new brick wall and front door create delicate reference to the previous garden image.

After collecting a year’s worth of data by using Solaredge monitoring, the findings conclude that the house produces 40% more energy than it consumes, thanks to its air source heat pump, photovoltaic panels, and battery storage.

Earlier this year, we announced our own 25th Anniversary Awards and the individual category winners can be found here