“Dream home on a budget” wins RIBA’s House of the Year


House Lessans, by McGonigle McGrath, has been declared this year’s winner of the prestigious House of the Year award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Described as a dream home on a budget by RIBA, it’s located on a former farmstead among agricultural buildings in County Down, Northern Ireland.

House Lessans features a simple exterior, with its zinc roof helping it take its place well next to an adjacent barn. Its 235 sq m (2,529 sq ft) interior is split into two wings: one private area for bedrooms and another for communal living spaces, and its generous glazing is arranged to frame views of the beautiful rural countryside.

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