Don’t Move, Improve: London’s best new home extensions

The best new residential extensions and improvements are being celebrated by New London Architecture at an exhibition and awards thing at The Building Centre in WC1. A timber-framed extension...
Best Historic Intervention

The best new residential extensions and improvements are being celebrated by New London Architecture at an exhibition and awards thing at The Building Centre in WC1.

Best Historic Intervention

“Best Historic Intervention” – East London House by Mikhail Riches

A timber-framed extension to a 1960’s estate in Gospel Oak designed by architects Maccreanor Lavington and a light-filled home in Bloomsbury designed by Stiff + Trevillion were named as overall winners at the fifth annual “Don’t Move, Improve!” awards, and are now on display along with the 42 other shortlisted projects.

Led by the NLA with support from the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), Heal’s and RIBA London, the competition “sought projects that displayed innovation and creativity in the creation of new space, sustainable and cost-effective approaches to project delivery, and high-quality design that complements London’s rich mix of architectural styles.” There’s a full gamut of styles in the shortlist, from classic Georgiana to full industrialism.

Debbie Whitfield, chairman of the jury: “The Don’t Move, Improve! competition provides inspiration for homeowners at a time when providing more usable space is a key concern for Londoners, with house prices continuing to spiral. Instead of moving on or upsizing, these projects enliven and expand the clients’ existing homes, creating spaces that better meet their needs.”

Here are the winners:

Home Extension

  • Overall Winner: Maccreanor Lavington for Ravenswood, a timber-framed extension to an end-of-terrace house on a 1960’s estate in Gospel Oak. The project was championed by the jury for its “sympathetic interaction with the neighbouring vernacular styles, and illustrates the scope for improving London’s 1960’s estates.”
  • Second Place: MW Architects for Cecilia Road – a refined copper, concrete and black-stained timber extension providing a home office and shower, “with a strong connection to the garden.”
  • Third Place: MUSTARD Architects for RAW House in Peckham, opening up a dark Victorian property to create “a light-filled home of industrial elegance.”

Interior Design

  • Overall Winner: House Bloomsbury by Stiff + Trevillion, “a characterful mews house with a dated 90’s interior, refreshed through simple, elegant detailing and reworked layout, complete with a sculptural staircase bringing light into the centre of the home.”
  • Second Place: Rosa and John’s Home designed by Zminkowska De Boise Architects – “transforming a series of ground-floor rooms and long entrance hall into one continuous split-level family space.”
  • Third Place: Islington Penthouse in Highbury by HÛT for its “wonderful creation of inside and outside spaces above the rooftops of an Italianate villa.”

Best Use of Material

  • The Slate House by Gundry & Ducker, “noted for its well-executed use of simple materials and creation of pattern throughout.”

Best Use of Glass

  • Paul Archer Design for Sebastian House – a heat generating glass corridor to connect a Georgian house and a Victorian workshop in the garden.

Most Cost Effective

  • Wallace Road, designed by Appleton Weiner, for its “extraordinarily modest lower-ground floor extension,” which the judges described as having given the family an enormous amount of space, transforming their life for very little money.

Best Historic Intervention

  • East London House by Mikhail Riches, for its grand double-height gallery extension to a Grade II listed house in Tower Hamlets.

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11 December 2014 – 12 February 2015
NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

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