‘The Chapel’ in Southwark, designed by architects Craftworks, has been crowned London’s best home extension. The transformed family home, carved from a derelict religious building is the overall winner of New London Architecture’s (NLA) Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 competition.
Don’t Move, Improve! promotes the work of emerging architecture practices, encouraging the best design in everyday London life. The competition highlights the importance of innovative, high-quality design in a city where space often must work twice as hard to deliver everyday needs in a condensed footprint. With more people turning to home improvements to get the space they require, this competition cherry picks the best of the best to inspire homeowners.
First Prize winner, The Chapel includes a new lower ground level for bedrooms, a large ground floor living space with vaulted ceiling, and a mezzanine level inserted as a space for privacy. The ‘tent’ roof allows for flexible living needs whilst bringing skyward views and maximising daylight.
Second Prize was awarded to Stego in Southwark by Archmongers LLP.
Joint Third Prize was given to Folded Wedge Townhouse by in Lewisham by Russell Hunt Architects and Lauriston Road in Hackney by Gundry + Ducker.
Other prizes include Most Innovative, awarded to Loft Library in Walthamstow by Arboreal Architecture.
Best Historic Intervention was awarded to Tower House in Islington by Dominic McKenzie Architects.
Best Interior went to Crouch End House in Haringey by Catriona Burns Architects.
Best Use of Materials went to Kings Grove in Southwark by Al-Jawad Pike.
Most Cost-Effective joint prize went to Scissor Truss House in Lambeth by Studio MESH and Breakout Extension in Haringey by Knott Architects.
Most Sustainable prize was given to Reuse Flat in Hackney by Arboreal Architecture.
Alongside all winners, over 130 selected projects are currently on show at a major exhibition running in the NLA Galleries at The Building Centre (WC1), until mid-April 2019.
The winning architecture practices will also be on hand to consult with homeowners looking to extend, at a series of NLA Design Surgeries throughout the year – the first taking place at the NLA Galleries on Saturday 2 March 2019. The day will include free one-to-one consultations with featured architects, talks on home design inspiration and practical ‘how-to’ sessions on the process of extending – as well as family walking tours of Bloomsbury and workshops where children become architects by designing their ideal homes.
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