I was slightly disappointed when the 2015 RIBA House of the Year was announced in December last year. The winner is worthy – Flint House by Skene Catling De La Pena – but I was seduced by the less iconic but more subtle short-listed Vaulted House in Chiswick, London. At first glance it is not so alluring but the more one looks at it and understands how the complex brief was resolved in such a simple design it is impressive. The challenge of bringing light into such a land-locked, ex-industrial site has been dealt with poetically with a pattern of vaulted roof-lights.
It is also the generosity of spirit that I appreciate – seen from above from any of the surrounding houses (the only external view one can get of the house), especially at night, the Vaulted House is a beautiful patchwork sculpture.