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Grand Designs: House of the Year

Series 2-Episode 2
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It’s slightly worrying to think that Donald Trump has affected our TV output but it was coverage of his election that resulted in a change to schedules and the postponement of this edition.

In it Kevin McCloud takes us inside five buildings in the RIBA’s annual competition that have all managed to do something startling with their architecture that the neighbours – eventually – love, too.

Not alienating your neighbours can be tricky when you’re designing an experimental contemporary home located in, say, a tiny city plot or a conservation area, or a traditional market town. But most are, shall we say, quirky.

Summary

Kevin McCloud, Damion Burrows and Zac Monro explore five more cutting-edge homes in the running for the RIBA House of the Year Award. Here they focus on properties that push the boundaries of residential design, including a concealed house built from glass and concrete, a gadget-filled house squeezed onto a disused plot in Edinburgh and a low-slung modern home in Cumbria camouflaged with stone. The final two fighting to make it onto the shortlist are an experimental extension in London with a Japanese flavour and an elegant house in Buckinghamshire which combines sustainability with glamour.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Kevin McCloud
Contributor Damion Burrows
Contributor Zac Monro
Executive Producer John Comerford
Series Director Emma Webster
Series Producer Emma Webster
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