GRAND Designs House of the Year fans have slammed the first two homes battling to win this year’s grand prize.
Over the four-week series, seven houses are shortlisted for the award before the winner is announced in the final episode.
Grand Design House of the Year deems a winner for the best example of a one-off house designed by an architect in the UK.
The award is touted to celebrate excellence and innovation in home design.
But viewers have taken to Twitter to criticise the judging panel from the Royal Institute of British Architects, saying the homes don’t have what it takes.
One person said: “The two worst houses are put through. Absurd decisions #houseoftheyear.”
Another wrote: “Where are the heat pumps, the solar PV, the renewables. What are the u-values?”
Someone else said: “Mainstream #architecture still mystifies me. A concrete house on a beach with no road and a garish brick home have made it though in #houseoftheyear.
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“This is not a good advert for what we should be building.”
One perplexed fan wrote: “#Houseoftheyear already off to a mysitifying start. Picked the beach box that was pretty much the same as the ones next to it and the god awful red house.”
Some pointed out that one of the properties served as a holiday home, debating it’s “not a home” at all.
An annoyed viewer said: “Good old RIBA selecting a holiday home (not a home) and a monstrosity (and I like brick!)”
Judging is conducted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – a professional body for architects who are primarily in the UK.
The 20 projects competing to be crowned RIBA House of the Year will be featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs: House of the Year from November 16.