The Royal Institute of British Architects announced the longlist for the 2015 RIBA Manser Medal, sponsored by specialist insurer Hiscox. 20 remarkable homes, from Somerset to Scotland, are in the running for the prestigious award for the best new house or major extension in the UK. Highlights include a modern family house created from disused farm buildings in the Scottish Highlands (The Mill), an architect-owned extremely low-energy self-built house on the edge of a Somerset village (Dundon Passivhaus), an unusual house in County Londonderry constructed from four shipping containers with a dramatic first floor cantilever (Grillagh Water House) and a split-level family home on a steep slope in suburban Belfast (House on Church Road). RIBA President Stephen Hodder said: “The longlist for the RIBA Manser Medal reveals the UK’s most ambitious and innovative new homes and highlights the ingenuity of talented

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