News release - Don't Move, Improve! 2013, Londonʼs best new home and small office extensions announced at NLA

Friday 6 December 2013

Home Interior Design Winner Bermondsey Warehouse Loft FORM design architecture © Charles Hosea

Small Office Joint Winner - Shoffice, Platform 5 Architects © Alan Williams

Small Office Joint Winner - Pentonville Road, HÛT © Terry Duffell

Home Extension Winner - The Slim House, Alma-nac Collaborative Architecture © Richard Chivers

A 2.3m-wide house in Clapham, a converted warehouse in Bermondsey, a garden pavilion in St John’s Wood and a rooftop office in King’s Cross have been announced as overall winners of NLAʼs fourth ʻDonʼt Move, Improve!ʼ competition to find Londonʼs best and most innovative new home and small office extensions.

The winners were selected from a total of 46 shortlisted schemes, all of which are now on display in a free NLA exhibition at The Building Centre, WC1 until 6 February 2014

The NLA competition, supported by the British Institute of Interior DesignHeal’s and RIBA London, sought to find the best-designed and most innovative solutions for creating more space in homes and small offices across London. Winners were selected for demonstrating innovation and creativity in the creation of new space; high quality design; and sustainable and cost-effective approaches to project delivery.

Overall winner in the home extension category – Slim House, designed by architects Alma-nac - Collaborative Architecture – was praised by the jury for its clever use of space in refurbishing and elongating a narrow 2.3m house in Clapham, drawing light deep into the centre of the plan on a tight budget. Runner up was awarded to Hampstead Beach House, designed by Hayhurst and Co, which extends a pair of Victorian maisonettes with white-stained larch cladding wrapped around the interior and exterior spaces. Commendation was awarded to Platform 5 architects for Book Tower House, which introduces an innovative double-height library around a new feature staircase.

In the interior design category overall winner was awarded to Bermondsey Warehouse Loft, designed by FORM design architecture, which fully reconfigures an open-plan loft apartment to create flexible spaces for dining, relaxing and exercise. Charlie, Mark & Orlando’s Basement in Islington by Zminkowska De Boise Architects was awarded runner up, and Bonhôte House in Dalston by AOC Architecture was given a special commendation.

Two projects were awarded joint winners of the small office extension or refurbishment category – Shoffice, a garden pavilion containing a small office behind a 1950s terraced house in St John’s Wood designed by Platform 5 architects, and 251 Pentonville Road, a mirrored glasstop pavilion in King’s Cross designed by HÛT.

Peter Murray, chairman of the jury, commented: “This is a splendid selection of well-designed additions and improvements to London's building stock. It reflects the quality and creativity of smaller architectural practices in the capital.”

The range of projects provide inspiration for homeowners and small businesses looking to create more space in their homes and offices at a variety of budgets.

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