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Alma-nac's Slim House named London's best extension

Alma-nac’s 2.3m-wide house won the award for innovative extensions at the fourth annual ‘Donʼt Move, Improve!’ awards last night (05.12.13)

Slim House, designed by AJ 2012 Small Projects shortlisted practice Alma-nac Collaborative Architecture was awarded the gong at the NLA’s competition to find Londonʼs ‘best and most innovative new home and small office extensions’.

The refubishment and extension of a terraced house on the busy high street of St John’s Hill was praised for its ‘clever use of space in refurbishing and elongating a narrow house’, while ‘drawing light deep into the centre of the plan on a tight budget’.

Caspar Rodgers, partner at Alma-nac says: ‘It was an honour to be recognised alongside so many other great projects. Given the quality of these we imagine that we must have won by the narrowest of margins. We are hoping that the recognition of the award will allow us to widen our aspirations.’


Slim House by architects Alma-nac -Collaborative Architecture. Photography by Richard Chivers

Hampstead Beach House, designed by Hayhurst and Co, was named the runner-up in the home extension category, with Platform 5 architects’ Book Tower House given a commendation.

Platform 5 architects were also named joint-winner in the small office extension category for the 2013 AJ Small Projects shortlisted Shoffice, a garden pavilion containing a small office in the garden of a 1950s terraced house in St John’s Wood. 251 Pentonville Road, a office refurbishment that contains a mirrored glasstop pavilion designed by HÛT was named the joint winner.

The interior design category winner was awarded to Bermondsey Warehouse Loft, designed by FORM design architecture,

All 46 shortlisted schemes are on display in NLA exhibition at The Building Centre, WC1 until 6 February 2014.

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