A remarkable translucent glass house has won a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award.
Built on a small patch of land in Lyham Road, Slip House – known to locals as the “ice cube” took home the medal for the best newly designed private house.
The building, described as “simplistic and sculptural”, is made up of three boxes which sit on top of each other, creating a studio workplace downstairs and living quarters above. It is set below a roof walled garden, which covers the entire top of the building. It also featured in the Channel 4 programme Grand Designs, presented by Kevin McLoud
The RIBA judges said rather cryptically: “Slip House demonstrates an admirable commitment to the creation of an exemplary low-energy house, with a suite of sustainable enhancements that are integrated effectively into the building design.
“However, at no point do the sustainable ambitions of the project crowd out or dominate the refined quality of the spaces that are created. “Adding “Little wonder then the project was one of Kevin McCloud’s favorite ‘Grand Designs’, one he described as an urban sanctuary.”
Modern marvel or eyesore? What do you make of the ice cube?