The RIBA Home of the Year was Awarded to this Modern Structure
The Royal Institute of British Architects (more commonly referred to as RIBA) is among the world’s most prestigious architecture awards. This means anytime the institution announces one of its renowned awards, many are eager for the results. This year, the 2017 RIBA House of the Year Award went to U.K.-based architects James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell for their whimsical design of a house named Caring Wood. The home, which is located in Kent, was crafted to embody the spirit of the English countryside. To that end, the structure seems to weave together the formal necessities of private spaces with the communal element of landscape architecture. And while both the concept and aesthetic is contemporary, the architects went to great lengths to ensure the design paid homage to local crafts and traditions. This authentic recognition included locally sourced, handmade peg clay tiles, and locally quarried ragstone. As Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill.” The architects involved the structure within the landscape so that, from various vantage points around the 84 acres of land, the home has an ever-changing facade. Indeed, to look at Caring Wood is to witness a home that is born of its environment, both in design and material.