Preview: Grand Designs: House of the Year

Grand Designs
Timber and glass in a field of grass – all of the homes are astounding in this special instalment. Photo: Channel 4

With a display of some of the most inventive and extensive entries into architecture, Kevin McCloud guides us through the journey to creating the contestants of the 2021 Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year.

The shortlist is full of interesting and challenging designs, and in this final programme he announces the winner of the prestigious prize. We meet Damion Burrows and design expert Michelle Ogundehin to explore five more stunning houses.

In the Lincolnshire Wolds, there’s a beautiful contemporary barn, made out of corten steel and concrete among the sea of hills. Using small-home philosophy, in London, a graceful urban house is fit into a plot the size of an Underground carriage. A Scandi-Scottish lochside boithole, hewn from Highland stone and Danish oak and a surrey home with an impressively engineered timber roof enter the fray.

Grand Designs: House of the Year – Wednesday at 9pm on Channel 4