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‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ finalists revealed: London’s 37 best house extensions

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Some of the capital’s most inspiring house revamps and new additions have been shortlisted in the annual Don’t Move, Improve! contest, which celebrates the ‘best design in everyday London life’

Organised by New London Architecture (NLA), the competition attracted more than 200 entries ranging from chapel conversions to self-built extensions to historic buildings.

The jury, which included the NLA’s Peter Murray,  Carl Turner of Carl Turner Architects, Cany Ash of Ash Sakula and Jo McCafferty of Levitt Bernstein, eventually whittled down the submissions to a shortlist of 37.

According to the NLA, the ‘competition highlights the importance of innovative, high-quality design in a city where space often has to work twice as hard to deliver everyday needs in a condensed footprint’.

The winners, including those receiving the special prizes, will be announced at NLA on Tuesday 22 January 2019, to coincide with the opening of a three-month exhibition showcasing the designs.

Contest judge Carl Turner said: ‘It was great to see creativity and invention and in particular a focus on schemes, often with tiny extensions, which have had a transformative effect.

‘Every inch of space in London is precious, and these architects have exploited any and every opportunity to create much-needed breathing space – it’s inspiring. If only we could divert this energy on to the larger issues facing us in housing.’


Garden House in Hammersmith and Fulham by Teatum + Teatum

Source: Luke Hayes

Don’t move, Improve! finalist: Garden House in Hammersmith and Fulham by Teatum + Teatum

Shortlist in full

  • 16 Ewelme Road in Lewisham by uvarchitects
  • 3 Elm Close in Islington by Ulla Gala Architects
  • Algiers Road in Lewisham by Gruff 
  • The Black Curve in Bromley by Ar’Chic
  • Breakout Extension - Crouch End in Haringey by Knott Architects
  • Brockley House in Lewisham by SAM Architects
  • Chapel in Southwark by Craftworks
  • Claylands Road in Lambeth by Conibere Phillips Architects 
  • Cornerstone House in Haringey by Merrett Houmoller Architects
  • Crouch End House in Haringey by Catriona Burns Architects
  • Dartmouth Park Family House in Camden by Pardon Chambers Architects
  • Dusheiko House in Hackney by Neil Dusheiko Architects
  • Folded Wedge Townhouse in Lewisham by Russell Hunt Architects
  • Folded House in Wandsworth by Proctor & Shaw
  • Garden House in Hammersmith and Fulham by Teatum + Teatum
  • Hackney Extension in Hackney by Proctor & Shaw
  • Highbury New Park in Islington by Appleton Weiner
  • Kings Grove in Southwark by Al-Jawad Pike
  • Lauriston Road in Hackney by Gundry + Ducker
  • Levels Ten + Eleven in Westminster by con | form architects
  • Link Building in Southwark by Powell Tuck Associates
  • Loft Library in Waltham Forest by Arboreal Architecture
  • Long House in Southwark by R2 Studio Architects
  • Micheldever Road in Lewisham by Meme Architects
  • Mies X King George in Islington by CAN
  • Montague Court in Hackney by IF_DO
  • Outhouse-In in Westminster by con | form architects
  • Reuse Flat in Hackney by Arboreal Architecture
  • Roslyn Road in Haringey by Magri Williams Architects
  • Sash House in Westminster by Tigg + Coll Architects
  • Scissor Truss House in Lambeth by Studio MESH
  • Shad Thames Water Tower in Southwark by FORMstudio
  • Stephouse by Bureau de Change Architects
  • Stego in Southwark by Archmongers
  • Tile House in Hackney by Beasley Dickson Architects
  • Tower House, Islington, by Dominic McKenzie Architects
  • Woodworker’s Studio, Tufnell Park, by Bradley Van Der Straeten

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Tile House in Hackney by Beasley Dickson Architects

Source: Agnese Sanvito

Tile House in Hackney by Beasley Dickson Architects 

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