The project is one of 30 national winners. Credit: Jill Tate

RIBA national award for Hushh House

Designed by Elliott Architects, the North Yorkshire project was the region’s only national winner for 2023.

Delivered by contractor Bryce Coleman, the private client project was fitted out by Hinn Architectural Elements, which also served as master craftsman, with GGP Consult advising as structural engineer.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize, to be awarded later this year, will be taken from the list of 30 national award winners.

Only two contenders from the whole of Northern England made that selection, the other Northern winner being Citizens Design Bureau’s extension to the Manchester Jewish Museum.

Other winners of a RIBA Yorkshire award for 2023, announced earlier this year, were:

  • Creative Centre, York St John University by Tate+Co
  • New Lodge Community, New Earswick by PRP for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Sir William Henry Bragg Building, University of Leeds by ADP
  • Anne Lister College, University of York by Sheppard Robson
  • Stumperlowe Park Road, Sheffield by Architect Studio Gedye

Elliott Architects said: “We are absolutely delighted, and so proud of the team and everyone involved with delivering such a wonderful home.

“Bryce Coleman deserves a huge thank you and acknowledgement as the man responsible for building the house. Patient and dedicated, he was always quick to learn new skills and has delivered a build of outstanding quality.

“Of course the key people who need special thanks are our fantastic clients, Paul and Julie, who embody creativity, positivity and a ‘can do’ attitude. They gave us the freedom to design something special and trusted us throughout the process, and have been a joy to work with.”

Of Hushh House, the judges said: “An unassuming, modest approach leads to a sophisticated building of surprising scale and complexity. A series of interlinked, composed spaces that are separated by small courtyards, make for a very bespoke home. The building sits in the former grounds of an existing larger property and develops the previous walled tennis court.

“The constrained site could have restricted the house, making it feel compromised; instead, the skilful use of multiple small courtyards brings light and aspect to each room and allows each to be distinct and characterful. As a consequence, the house feels rich and diverse, without this detracting from the consistency of the overall home.”

Hexham-based Elliott Architects’ design includes sandstone and Corten steel, with the house featuring a gallery and reading room.

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