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Shortlist for AJ Small Projects Awards – Part 2

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The AJ can reveal the next five schemes in the running for the 2016 Small Projects Award


The schemes by Bartlett student Charlie Redman, De Rosee Sa and Doma Architects are all in the running to be hailed as the best project under £250,000.

Previous winners Carmody Groarke and Chris Dyson Architects are also in the hoping to pick up another gong.

Ranging from house extensions, to woodland cabins and an art gallery the projects are a diverse mix.

The shortlist so far 

White Cube at Glyndebourne by Carmody Groarke

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

Source: Luke Hayes

White Cube at Glyndebourne by Carmody Groarke

Created by last year’s Small Projects Award winners, this temporary gallery in the grounds of Glyndebourne in East Sussex was designed to be reconstructed each summer as a pop-up space for the White Cube Art Gallery.

The structure has been designed as a ‘building within a building’ which forms a strong physical and visual connection between the interior spaces and the landscape.

The inner building contains a large, singular gallery room designed for exhibiting art while the outer building forms a sheltered terrace which has become an important social space providing elevated views of the surrounding gardens and rolling hills.

The structure of inner and outer buildings is made from cross-laminated-timber and plywood. Both structures are externally sheathed in polycarbonate and give the pavilion an ethereal character, which reflects the surrounding landscape and changes in external light across the day.

Cost £131,000
Location Lewes
Completed May 2015
Floor area 72m²
Client Glydnebourne Opera House

The Welcoming Shelter by Charlie Redman

King's Cross Skip Garden Welcoming Shelter

This project by Bartlett student Charlie Redman has created a sheltered space for staff, students and volunteers at the King’s Cross Skip Garden – a new community space located ten minutes walk north of King’s Cross station.

The kinetic structure, which is one of seven built on the site, can be opened or closed depending on the weather.

In cold wet and windy conditions the shelter stays closed, providing enclosure from the south westerly prevailing wind. When the weather improves the structure can be opened using a double movement mechanism allowing the roof section to pivot around a central axis whilst simultaneously opening the front section.

The structure had to be lightweight to facilitate this movement, so a space-frame fabricated of laminated timber beams and aluminium tubes was used.

Cost £22,000
Location London
Completed June 2015
Floor area 18m²
Client Global Generation

Kenworthy Road by Chris Dyson Architects

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

Source: Peter Landers

Kenworthy Road by Chris Dyson Architects

This scheme extended a small Victorian terrace transforming it into a home for a growing family.

The existing narrow wing of the house was demolished and rebuilt as a light-weight highly-insulated timber frame and the building’s entrance was relocated to the centre of the plan. Here, a double-height glazed screen provides a dramatic new entrance point and offers a clear visual separation between old and new.

The new extension has been clad in charred cedar boards treated using a Japanese technique named Shou Sugi Ban which extends the life of the boards and makes them highly resistant to insects and decay.

The extension’s timber construction kept costs down while cladding the building in charred wood provided a differentiation between the new scheme and its surrounding context.

Cost £170,000
Location London
Completed July 2015
Floor area 147m²
Client private

The Woodland Cabin by De Rosee Sa

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

Source: Will Scott

The Woodland Cabin by De Rosee Sa

This self-build lakeside cabin sits on the edge of woodlands in the village of Nouvelles in Belgium and replaces a dilapidated structure of the same size which had previously stood on the site.

The brief was to create a woodland cabin that could function as a picnic and BBQ venue, a guesthouse and a studio. It needed to be lightweight, simple and economical. Furthermore it had to be built of timber beams and cladding that had been milled from trees in the surrounding woods. To capture the surrounding natural beauty, its openings respond to the outside views and approaches to the cabin.

The architects built the cabin themselves during trips to Belgium, installing concrete strip foundations, a suspended timber floor on brick dwarf walls and internal OSB cladding.

Cost £25,000
Location Belgium
Completed March 2014
Floor area 36m²
Client private

Contemporary Lean-to by Doma Architects

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

AJ Small Projects Award 2016 finalist

Contemporary Lean-to by Doma Architects

This small extension to a large Victorian semi-detached home in Harrogate’s conservation area was created to enclose a new stair.

Clad in slate grey fibre cement it provides a contemporary reference to the house’s slate tiles and is a contemporary reworking of the common suburban lean-to extension. It refers to the overhanging soffit/eaves details of the existing house with the glazed wall framed in a crisply detailed overhanging soffit.

The new stairs provide access from the ground floor kitchen and dining areas to the basement and garden which were previously only accessible externally.

The scheme opens up the previously dark and redundant lower ground floor rooms and provides a visual link between these and the garden beyond.

Cost £101,000
Location Harrogate
Completed April 2015
Floor area 66m²
Client private


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 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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