A kitchen on wheels, a sunken garden bath and a £25k extension all feature on New London Architecture’s “Don’t Move, Improve!” 2017 shortlist, which aims to showcase the capital’s best extensions and home improvement projects.
A panel of judges – including Carl Turner of Carl Turner Architects, Cany Ash of Ash Sakula, Russ Edwards of Pocket, Jo McCafferty of Levitt Bernstein, Amy Frearson of Dezeen and Philippa Stockley of the London Evening Standard – whittled down a 120-strong long-list to come up with 24 varied finalists, designed by the likes of Denizen Works, Kirkwood McCarthy, nimtim architects, Selencky///Parsons and R2 Studio Architects.
The competition is organised in association with Dezeen, RIBA London and Clippings.com and is now in its seventh year, with past winners including Carl Turner Architects, Platform 5 Architects and Ben Adams Architects. Last year the overall winner was “House of Trace”, a two storey addition to a Victorian home in Lewisham by Tsuruta Architects which went on to receive a national RIBA prize.
There’s a natty new addition to the competition this year, by way of a partnership with Clippings.com. A “Shop the Look” spin-off website enables anyone inspired by the Don’t Move Improve projects to discover and buy the furniture and lighting featured in each home.
A free exhibition of all the longlisted projects will run from 27 January to 28 April at NLA’s galleries in The Building Centre, WC1.
Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture and Chair of the judging panel: “As London continues to grow we need to make the best use of land in the capital. Home extensions provide an increase in accommodation that is sympathetic to the surrounding neighbourhood, improve the quality of space of older houses and increase their energy performance.”