An Isle of Wight house has been shortlisted on the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)'s RIBA House of the Year 2023.

Saltmarsh House in Bembridge, by Niall McLaughlin Architects, is up for the annual award for the UK’s best new house. 

The citation states: "Saltmarsh House achieves pocket-watch levels of precision and attention to detail, alongside Passivhaus standards of environmental performance, to create a building which is truly breathtaking. 

"Located on the Isle of Wight, with uninterrupted views across Bembridge Harbour, this house is a stunning example of modern architectural design.

Isle of Wight County Press: Saltmarsh House

"Conceived as a delicate steel-frame pavilion, it takes reference from the repeating pitched-roofed glasshouses that once graced the kitchen gardens of the Grade II-listed Victorian house, in the grounds of which the project sits. 

"From an architectural perspective, Saltmarsh House is a tour de force of clean lines and contemporary design.

Isle of Wight County Press: Saltmarsh House

"The building features a pyramidal copper roof, with a crisp minimalist eavesdrop edge, which seems to hover above an intricate glass pavilion.

"Large windows provide glorious views of the surrounding landscape while the use of glass and steel creates a sense of lightness and transparency, allowing the house to blend seamlessly into its surroundings.

Isle of Wight County Press: Saltmarsh House

"The whole structure appears to float, with a large terrace and a series of stepped platforms that provide additional outdoor living spaces, further enhancing the connection between the building and its setting.

"The precision, attention to detail, and craftsmanship continue inside with an interior that is equally impressive.

Isle of Wight County Press: Saltmarsh House

"The house features a spacious, open-plan living space that is flooded with natural light and offers an uninterrupted view across the marsh.

"The use of neutral colours and natural wood creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Isle of Wight County Press: Saltmarsh House

"Three cantilevered copper-clad pods accommodate essential facilities for eating, sleeping and washing, each meticulously planned and expertly crafted.

"The design and execution of Saltmarsh House is faultless, a testament to the power of good architecture and the role that it can play in creating inspiring and sustainable structures."

Involved in the project were contractor Millimetre, structural engineer and civil engineer Smith and Wallwork, environmental and M&E engineer Ritchie and Daffin, planning and heritage consultant Montagu Evans, landscape architect Kim Wilkie  and consultant ecologist Jonathan Cox. 

The winner of the RIBA House of the Year 2023 will be announced on November 30.