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Don’t Move, Improve!

New London Architecture, in association with Dezeen, Heals and the Royal Institute of British Architects, have presented its annual ‘Don't Move, Improve!’

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New London Architecture, in association with Dezeen, Heals and the Royal Institute of British Architects, have presented its annual ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ competition. This award, now in its sixth edition, lauds the best designed and most innovative home extensions completed within the last two years in Greater London. All projects must demonstrate exceptional innovation and cost-effectiveness in their delivery of better living space for London residents.

Shortlisted projects were announced last December and winners revealed in January 2016. They included extensions on top, underneath, on the side or back of buildings, as well as interior insertions, conversions and garden studios.

The winning medal went to The House of Trace, by Tsuruta Architects, with a design that showed a true understanding of the building’s individual history. It preserved its original essence and identity by introducing new construction materials, to contrast with the existing ones, and integrated the wall of its (formerly) mono-pitched roof into a new rectilinear extension. Other key elements were the custom-made furniture and a two-storey light well, giving views of the sky and gardens, acting as a focal point connecting the family between floors.

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Overall winner: House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects. Photograph by Tim Crocker

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Overall winner: House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects. Photograph by Tim Crocker

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Overall winner: House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects. Photograph by Tim Crocker

Second place was awarded to David Khon’s Sanderson House. This project is a playful extension featuring a red brick exterior thought to look like a fox. Inside there are no partitions; instead the division is created by changes in floor surface and ceiling height, as well as by colourful walls and curved shapes.

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Second place: Sanderson House by David Kohn Architects

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Second place: Sanderson House by David Kohn Architects

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Second place: Sanderson House by David Kohn Architects

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Second place: Sanderson House by David Kohn Architects

The third place winner was Shepherd’s Bush Extension, by Studio 30 Architects. Its main feature is the open connection between the garden and the living room through the installation of sliding walls and windows, creating a continuous space.

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Third place: Shepherd’s Bush Extension by Studio 30 Architects

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Third place: Shepherd’s Bush Extension by Studio 30 Architects

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Third place: Shepherd’s Bush Extension by Studio 30 Architects

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Third place: Shepherd’s Bush Extension by Studio 30 Architects

But the awards are not over yet. A series of special prizes were also handed out in recognition of other achievements: Best Interior (Facet House, by Platform 5 Architects); Best Use of Materials (The Gables by Patalab Architecture); Best Historic Intervention (Fitzrovia House by West Architecture); and Most Cost-effective (split between Nook House by Mustard Architects, College Road by Russian For Fish, and Extension One by Denizen Works).

Best interior: Facet House by Platform 5 ArchitectsBest interior: Facet House by Platform 5 Architects

The-Gables_house_Patalab-Architecture_London_dezeen_1568_2Best use of materials: The Gables by Patalab Architecture

Fitzrovia-House_West-Architecture_London_dezeen_936_4Best historic intervention Fitzrovia House by West Architecture

 New London Architecture is an independent forum for debate and information about architecture, planning, development and construction that aims to integrate all strata of society, shaping a better city for all. The main purpose of its Don’t Move, Improve! Awards is to attract homeowners to small architecture practices, thus obtaining advice and inspiration for future home improvements.

Both winning and shortlisted projects are being featured in a three-month exhibition at NLA’s gallery at The Building Centre, from January to March 2016. On 27th February, all shortlisted practices were invited to participate in an open day that included free consultations and talks, attracting more than 400 homeowners in search of ideas. A second public day is scheduled to take place during London Design week. Don’t miss it!

Credits

  • Text Silvia Romero Jarquea
  • Images www.dezeen.com

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