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Shortlist for AJ Small Projects Awards - Part 1

The first five schemes in the running for this year’s Small Projects Award have been revealed

LANDELLS ROAD BY ALMA-NAC • CLOCK HOUSE BY ARCHMONGERS • THE PYRAMID VIEWPOINT BY BTE ARCHITECTURE • FOLDS BY BUREAU DE CHANGE • STORAGE CUBE BY CARDEN AND GODFREY

The schemes by Alma-nac, Archmongers, BTE, Bureau de Change and Carden and Godfrey are all in the running to be crowned the best project under £250,000. 

Ranging from a timber viewing platform to a house extension with a folded roof and storage in Rochester Cathedral the finalists are a diverse mix which showcase what can be done even on the tightest of budgets. 

The full shortlist of 25 projects will be revealed on the AJ website over the next five days.

The shortlist so far 

Landells Road by Alma-nac

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

Landells Road by Alma-nac

A scheme about small interventions - this extension in the leafy suburb of East Dulwich evolved around a 3m-tall glazed pivot door which connects the house to the garden.

The door defines the house’s central axis and protrudes out from the sloped roof of the new extension. The exaggerated door offers a simple element which creates a vista and a focus for the space. Created from timber the doors and windows contrast with the grey fibre cement-clad walls of the extension.

A newly formed dining room with a footprint of just 10m2 is filled with light from a projecting glazed lantern. This room steps down from the main house creating a lower level with a polished concrete floor and stairs and a level threshold out onto the garden space beyond.

Cost £119,092
Location
London
Completed January 2014
Floor area 84m2
Client private

Clock House by Archmongers

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

Source: French & Tye

Clock House by Archmongers

This typical 1960s mid-terraced house has been skilfully extended and remodelled.

A full-width rear extension has been built from a douglas fir timber frame which is left exposed on the underside of the ceiling. Externally clad in black stained timber, the extension also features large windows which provide views out over the garden from a window seat.

Created from a series of interlocking parts a new stair provides access onto a terrace on the roof of the extension. This staircase has been created from more than 100 pieces of CNC-cut birch ply, birch dowel and steel rods which create an intricate puzzle.

The playful project uses a wide ranging palette of materials including timber, glass bricks, concrete, plywood, and glazed exterior tiles.

Cost £120,00
Location London
Completed February 2014
Floor area 100m2
Client Mr and Mrs Osborne

The Pyramid Viewpoint by BTE Architecture

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

Source: Andrew Lee

The Pyramid Viewpoint by BTE Architecture

Located on a site overlooking the UK’s largest stretch of inland water – Loch Lomond – the timber-clad pyramid viewpoint takes the shape of a triangular platform.

Positioned at the end of a long curved path stretching from the site’s car park to the highest point of the peninsula, the viewing platform first appears as a narrow timber structure.

The viewpoint’s entrance is marked by a narrow tunnel which gives a view out towards the loch. Once through the tunnel the viewing platform is formed by a staircase which rises up and around the pyramid form. Benches which become more exposed as the structure rises up are interspersed throughout the stairs and form a central core mimicking the seating arrangements of an arena.

Cost £193,00
Location Inveruglas
Completed May 2015
Floor area 60m2
Client Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Folds by Bureau de Change

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

Folds by Bureau de Change

The reworking of this three-storey period terrace in North London was designed to open up views to the adjoining Parkland Walk conservation area while creating an airy and contemporary family living space.

The scheme’s focal point is a large pleated roof which appears to be formed from a flat surfaces forced to crinkle upwards into a faceted structure as is it pushed up against the house’s exterior wall. From the garden the roof’s folds are purposefully hidden out of view giving the appearance of a flat roof.

Forming a side and rear extension the roof expands the home’s existing kitchen and creates a new dining area. Its folds are also replicated along the party wall concealing a small home office.

The scheme has maximised, redefined and unified the spaces.

Cost £250,000
Location London
Completed August 2014
Floor area 54m2
Client Stephan Roussounis and Alina Karypidou

Storage Cube by Carden and Godfrey 

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

Storage Cube by Carden and Godfrey

The space behind the high alter at Rochester Cathedral had become a dumping ground for various pieces of equipment and paraphernalia. Whilst the storage was welcome, the method was inefficient and unbefitting of the location and a solution was sought.

Inspiration was taken from the medieval panels of the cathedral’s sacristy and modern-day shipping containers resulting in a storage cube conceived as a large piece of furniture and making the fullest use of the space available.

Providing storage on two levels, space for bulky items is found on the lower while an upper platform – accessed by an alternating tread stair – features generous hanging cupboards.

The refined vertical panels of dark stained ash that make up the simple form sit precisely and almost invisibly behind the ornate Reredos, revealing its surprising illuminated soft and warm innards when a section is opened.

Cost £45,000
Location Rochester
Completed April 2015
Floor area 16m2
Client The Dean and Chapter of Rochester Cathedral

The projects will now go on to be judged by our expert panel made up of RIBA head of awards Tony Chapman, developer and architect Roger Zogolovitch, architect Sally Lewis and cost expert John Boxall. 

The AJ Small Projects Awards, run again in association with Marley Eternit, celebrate completed projects with a contract value of £250,000 and under.

The awards were launched in 1996 to give much-deserved recognition to the many high quality schemes with low pricetags.

Although the budget has increased from the original £150,000 cap, the intention of the awards remains the same: ‘From home extensions to restaurants, offices to shops, architects all over the country are busy working on projects that may not make the headlines but nevertheless give a real indication of the design talent in Britain today.’

Last year the award was picked up by Carmody Groarke for its temporary Maggie’s Centre in Merseyside, while RCKa’s Enfield Business Centre was honoured with the Sustainability Prize.

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