Suburban ‘ship’ and rippling clifftop villa up for House of the Year

“An “idiosyncratic” ship-like house, complete with ‘lighthouse’ and portholes, and a glamorous clifftop “modern-day castle” have been announced as finalists for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) House of the Year 2017″ writes Simon Lee for The house attracted the ire of planners and local people because it is clad in deliberately rusted mesh steel.A series of partitions and folding walls enable the rooms on each floor to be made to disappear and form one vast space. “It has a killer view, and this house completely grasps it,” said Saunt.Described by judges as a ship run aground in suburbia, 6 Wood Lane in Highgate, north London was the only house in the water-themed episode not to be situated on the coast or riverbank.

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