The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, December 21, 2014


Gap House Designed by Pitman Tozer Architects Wins the Manser Medal 2009
Once again the Manser Medal has been won by an intelligent, simple, practical, high-quality design that makes most of the house-building industry look inadequate. Photo: ©Nick Kane.
LONDON.- Gap House, an exceptional architect-owned private family house in west London, by Pitman Tozer Architects has won the 2009 Manser Medal in association with the Rooflight Company.

Awarded for the best one-off house or housing designed by an architect in the United Kingdom, the Manser Medal is named after Michael Manser, former president of the RIBA who is famed for his designs of seminal steel and glass houses in the 1960s; the same materials utilized in the Rooflight Company’s products.

The announcement of the Manser Medal winner was made on Saturday, October 17, at a special awards ceremony for the RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects' Journal and Crystal CG at Old Billingsgate in London, introduced by Tom Dyckhoff, architecture critic for The Times newspaper. The winner was announced by Michael Manser CBE, former president of the RIBA and presented with a check for £5,000 by sponsor Valerie King of the Rooflight Company. The award was judged by a panel including Michael Manser; Valerie King; previous winner Ivan Harbour, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; and Tony Chapman, RIBA Head of Awards.

The brief the architect set himself, as his own client, was to design a family house on a site reached through a 2.4 meter wide gap between two white stucco villas, on Monmouth Road in Bayswater. The site widens out behind the villas and was previously occupied by a cottage which had become derelict. Although from a planning point of view its existence helped, there were other problems, including its position in a conservation area with significant members of a powerful residents' association as close neighbors.

Speaking about the scheme, Michael Manser said: “Once again the Manser Medal has been won by an intelligent, simple, practical, high-quality design that makes most of the house-building industry look inadequate. The design is one of impeccable detailing and simplicity in every respect. The narrow front elevation is an acme of understatement and although frankly modern, at a first glance makes almost no impact. Just a narrow column of identical half shuttered casement windows, above a basement-level entrance door, all in a background of white stucco to match the adjoining houses.’

Valerie King of the Rooflight Company said: “Overall the most impressive aspect of the design is its level of skill, imagination and practicality in creating a series of apparently generous spaces, despite all the constraints of overlooking, conservation policies and initially hostile residents association. The result is a comfortable home in a great piece of architecture.”

The other buildings shortlisted for the award were:

• Block 3, Tarling Estate Regeneration, London by S333 Architecture and Urbanism
• House in Highgate Cemetery, London by Eldridge Smerin Architects
• House at Piper's End, Hertfordshire by Niall McLaughlin Architects
• Sliding House, Suffolk by dRMM

Gap House | RIBA Stirling Prize | Manser Medal | Tom Dyckhoff |




Today's News

October 20, 2009

Major Exhibition Devoted to "The Torments of Passion: The Dark Side of Sexual Desire"

Sackler Gallery Offers First Exhibition of Rare Manuscripts

Chateau de Versailles Devotes a Large Scale Exhibition to Louis XIV

Prominent Collections & Rare Masterpieces Highlight Christie's Sales

Organizers Say ArtPrize to Return to Grand Rapids in 2010

Museo Picasso Málaga Opens Sophie Taeuber-Arp Retrospective

Breton Masterpiece Returns to the Frick Art & Historical Center for Limited Time

Clear Evidence of Renewed Confidence at Frieze Art Fair 2009

Gail Harrity Appointed President and COO of the Philadelphia Musem of Art

Works by Ruscha and Warhol to Highlight Fall Auction of Fine Prints at Bonhams

Park Service to Take on Bill Clinton's First Home in Arkansas

Gap House Designed by Pitman Tozer Architects Wins the Manser Medal 2009

Cult Film 'The Third Man' Starring Orson Welles Lives on in Vienna Tours

The Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery Extends World Tour of "Garden and Cosmos" to Australia

Ashery (Born West Jerusalem, Israel) Collaborates with Sansour (Born East Jerusalem, Palestine) at Tate Modern

Legendary Photographer Emmet Gowin Celebrated in New Exhibition

Museum in Pasadena Shows Major Survey of Paintings by Wayne Thiebaud

Boston University Art Gallery to Present Designs for Domestic Architecture from Historic New England

El Ray, a Small Holiday House, Wins the Stephen Lawrence Prize 2009

Writing not on the Wall for Lisbon Graffiti Artists

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site