Grand Designs: House of the Year Series 1
Kevin McCloud presents a four-part series exploring Britain’s contemporary and cutting-edge homes, all of which are in the running for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ House of the Year 2015.
In the first edition, Kevin visits five homes built for country living, including a house disguised as a giant shard of flint, a timber farmhouse in Somerset, a home built using shipping containers in Northern Ireland, a birdwatcher’s eco house in Cambridgeshire, and a modern glass villa with a roof designed to look like mountain peaks.
Kevin McCloud explores more inspiring homes in the running for the Riba House of the Year Award, before revealing which one has made it onto the shortlist. He visits a bright orange metal clad residence in the suburbs of Kew, a modernist property built over a river in Belfast, a low budget home constructed around a series of courtyard gardens, and a hidden house that uses vaulted roof lights to illuminate its depths.
Kevin reveals five more candidates vying to be crowned Riba House of the Year 2015, including a luxurious city home complete with a basement swimming pool, a concrete an brick open-plan house in Liverpool, and a geometric homestead in Northern Ireland. Plus, a Hollywood-inspired pad in north London, and a modernist villa in north Wales.
Kevin McCloud visits three more houses competing for a place on the finalist shortlist, including a timber and steel clad home in Dungeness, a pink brick house in Belfast, and an 18th century converted mill in rural Scotland. At the end of the show he announces the overall winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year 2015, before visiting the house and discovering why it has been crowned the best new home in Britain.