jpa's Cheeran House is one of 46 projects that has been recognised with a RIBA National Award in 2016. An extract from the jury citation reads:
The house sits between two worlds: a courtyard and a walled garden. The design is based on the desire to enjoy a south-facing aspect, while also engaging with the walled garden to the north. This is a serene and relatively modest house, which creates some beautiful reflective spaces with excellent use of light, in particular the first-floor corridor space with low-level windows. The architects have relished using natural materials that will weather well. The ground floor walls are faced in flint (pre-cast in blocks) to pay respect to a Grade II-listed old schoolhouse next door, reverting to brick where it becomes part of the walled garden. Within its locality this is an entirely fitting, contextual and elegant response, and results in a very good building indeed.
Commenting on the awards RIBA President Jane Duncan said 'These 46 buildings are what the best architecture looks like today'.
The national winners will now go on to be considered for the Stirling Prize – the biggest prize in UK architecture. A shortlist will be announced later in the summer and the winner is set to be revealed in October.
The full list of 46 projects can be seen on the RIBA website, here.