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26 Jan 2018

NLA House Extension Contest Winner

New London Architecture News

Tonkin Liu’s ‘Sun Rain Rooms’ revealed as the winner of ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ 2018

‘Sun Rain Rooms’, designed by Tonkin Liu has been crowned London’s best and most innovative home extension as overall winner of New London Architecture’s (NLA) annual ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ competition.

Sun Rain Rooms, Finsbury home interior
photo : Edmund Sumner

Sun Rain Rooms by Tonkin Liu winner of Don’t Move, Improve! 2018

Second Prize was awarded to Dewsbury Road in Brent, by O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects. The design responds to the homeowner’s brief for more light, space and storage, without reducing the garden. Internally, oak beams and ash furniture reference the owner’s roots – the two materials sacred in Irish mythology.

Dewsbury Road House Extension Brent
photo : Rory Gardiner

Brent home extension by O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects wins 2nd prize at Don’t Move, Improve! 2018

Bayston Road, Stoke Newington, by Al-Jawad Pike
Bayston Road, Stoke Newington
photo : Al-Jawad Pike

Bayston Road, Stoke Newington

Joint Third Prize was given to Bayston Road in Hackney, by Al-Jawad Pike – a large singular space of exposed brickwork, timber and concrete, with a roof-light flooding the centre of the house with light;

The Etch House, Honor Oak, by Fraher Architects
Etch House, Honor Oak home interior
photo : Fraher Architects

The Etch House in Lewisham

and to The Etch House in Lewisham, by Fraher Architects – with a dynamic staircase cutting across the building. The building floor levels were dropped to create a sunken ground floor plan that enables a generous floor to ceiling height at loft level, and all new elements to the building clad in Douglas fir.

Pop-Up Ute project in Camden

Other prizes include Most Innovative, awarded to the Pop-Up Ute project in Camden by Friend and Company Architects, an up-cycled addition to a brownfield industrial heritage site decorated with a vibrant and retro interior. Made from a kit of lightweight parts, the design balances the overall weight of the host building, requiring a concept of subtracting the heavier historic construction elements to free up and extend with ultra-lightweight additions.

The Water Tank in Tower Hamlets
Water Tank, Keeling House
photograph © Terry Duffell

Best Historic Intervention was awarded to The Water Tank in Tower Hamlets by Brian Heron Architects – a converted former water tank space on top of Denys Lasdun’s Grade II listed Keeling House from 1957, refitted to create a light-filled one-bedroom duplex penthouse.

Sun Rain Rooms home extension London
photograph : Alex Peacock

Joint Best Use of Materials, Corduroy House, Hackney Downs by Manalo & White:
Corduroy House, Hackney Downs property
photo : Morgan O’Donovan

Joint Best Use of Materials, Valetta House, East Acton by Office S&M:
Valetta House, East Acton home
photo : Office S&M

Best Value, My House, Peckham, by MW Architects:
My House, Peckham home
photo © MW Architects

The winning projects will now be featured in a dedicated magazine and a three-month exhibition of London’s 120 best home extension projects. The free exhibition will be shown at NLA’s Galleries at The Building Centre, from 26 January to 20 April 2018.

For those that have been inspired by this year’s competition and are interested in extending their own home, NLA’s free Design Surgeries return on Saturday 24 February. Visitors can have free one-to-one consultations with winning architects offering free advice and inspiration throughout the day, alongside expert talks on best design and making the most of your space, and family workshops. A further three sessions will be held later in the year in April, July and September.

Prospective attendees are advised to register interest at

• Philippa Stockley, Journalist, Editor and Critic specialising in architecture and design
• Carl Turner, Founding Director, Carl Turner Architects
• Cany Ash, Founding Partner, Ash Sakula
• Amy Frearson, Editor, Dezeen
• Zohra Chiheb, Project Architect, Levitt Bernstein
• Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture (Chair)

NLA will also be holding a series of free Design Surgeries offering advice and inspiration to Londoners looking to extend and improve their homes. The first Design Surgery of the year, taking place on Saturday 24 February at NLA in The Building Centre, Fitzrovia, London, will feature talks, one-to- one consultation sessions with architects and other consultants, family activities and walking tours.

Design Surgery dates:

Saturday 24 February – Consultants include: The DHaus Company LTD, Office S&M, Studio Carver, O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects, nimtim architects, Syte Architects, Mustard Architects, Yellow Cloud Studio, Friend and Company Architects and DeDraft.
Saturday 28 April
Saturday 23 June
Saturday 15 September

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Our year-round programme of research, events and exhibitions bring together our broad network to debate and discuss all issues affecting London’s built environment. We are based in The Building Centre, WC1, where our giant interactive model of central London is free to visit six days a week.

Don’t Move, Improve!
‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ celebrates London’s best and most innovative home extensions and improvements. Launched by New London Architecture in 2010, the awards programme is complemented by a public programme of events and consultations which provide free inspiration and advice for the capital’s homeowners and promotes the work of smaller architectural practices and designers. The competition was recently recognised by Dezeen’s inaugural Hot List as one of the closely followed design awards programmes.
Programme Champion: Clippings
Programme Supporter: Architects’ Republic
Media Partners: Dezeen, Dezeen Jobs
Partner: RIBA London

NLA House Extension Contest Winner 2018


‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ 2018 winners:

Winner – Sun Rain Rooms, Islington by Tonkin Liu Architects
Second Prize – Dewsbury Road, Brent by O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects
Joint Third Prize – Bayston Road, Hackney by Al-Jawad Pike and The Etch House, Lewisham by Fraher Architects
Best Historic Intervention – The Water Tank, Tower Hamlets by Brian Heron Architects
Joint Best Use of Materials – Valetta House, Ealing by Office S&M LLP and Corduroy House, Hackney by Manalo & White
Most Innovative – Pop-Up Ute, Camden by Friend and Company Architects
Best Value – My House, Peckham by MW Architects

The ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ Exhibition and Design Surgeries will take place at the New London Architecture Galleries, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 7BT.

The judging panel for ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ 2018 is:
• Philippa Stockley, Journalist, Editor and Critic specialising in architecture and design
• Carl Turner, Founding Director, Carl Turner Architects
• Cany Ash, Founding Partner, Ash Sakula
• Amy Frearson, Editor, Dezeen
• Zohra Chiheb, Project Architect, Levitt Bernstein
• Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture (Chair)

1 Dec 2017

NLA House Extension Contest 2017

New London Architecture News

London’s best home extension shortlist revealed in New London Architecture’s Don’t Move, Improve!

30 home extension projects have been shortlisted as some of London’s best and most innovative home improvements for the prestigious New London Architecture (NLA) ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ competition – now in its ninth year and recognised by Dezeen’s inaugural ‘Hot List’ as one of the world’s most popular design awards programmes. Winners will be announced on Thursday 25 January 2018.

The shortlisted projects include:

• Beasley Dickson Architects’ conversion of a former water tank space on top of the Grade II listed Keeling House in Islington
• Office S&M’s conversion of a Victorian property in East Acton into a ‘mermaid attic’ for three children
• Hayhurst and Co’s Maida Vale extension of charred larch external timber cladding
• Tonkin Liu’s project with piping on the roof’s edge, bringing rainwater into a harvesting tank which when discharged transforms a patio below into a reflecting pool
• Jonathan Tuckey Design’s Knightsbridge project designed for the owner of fashion boutique Egg, known for its minimalist clothes and gallery-like store
• Mustard Architects’ modest extension of just 7sqm in Barnes creatively accommodates a dining table
• Paul Archer Design’s shower room offering views across the rooftops of Hackney
• Threefold Architects’ Hackney art gallery and home

Over 200 family home extensions, studios and garden rooms were submitted to the competition. The 30 best projects were chosen by an eminent jury including Carl Turner of Carl Turner Architects, Cany Ash of Ash Sakula, Zohra Chiheb of Levitt Bernstein, Amy Frearson of Dezeen, Philippa Stockley of the Evening Standard and Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture.

Winners will be announced at NLA on Thursday 25 January 2018 to an audience of 400, launching a major three-month exhibition and the 2018 Don’t Move, Improve! magazine. The first of four public Design Surgeries will be held in February, for homeowners in London looking to extend and improve their homes featuring free consultations with architect practices.

Valetta House, East Acton home interior
photo : Office S&M

Significant 2018 trends include:

• Briefs motivated by growing families – Londoners driving densification and responding to the housing crisis with their own action
• Majority of submissions in Hackney and Islington – demonstrating a shift in the past two years of homeowners settling in East London
• Homeowners more savvy with budget – with many projects costing below £100,000 and the most affordable longlisted project costing only £16,000
• An increase in garden structures as an alternative office or studio, as Londoners’ bring their work and hobbies to their homes
• A focus on recycled materials, timber and colourful interiors

Apart from the prizes for Overall Winner, Second and Third Place there are also special prizes for areas such as Most Sustainable, Most Cost Effective, Most Innovative, Best Interior Design, Best Historic Intervention and Best Use of Materials.

Peter Murray, Chairman of NLA, said: “Once again this year Don’t Move, Improve! explores the wealth of talent among London’s architects for exciting additions and improvements to the capital’s housing stock. Entries ranged from designs that enhance the interior spaces with better layouts and daylighting to intricate additions that responded to the interests and lifestyle of the occupiers. The huge variety of approaches makes it difficult to point to particular trends, although timber, in various forms, seems to be making a comeback as a wall finish.”

Carl Turner of Carl Turner Architects said: “Don’t Move, Improve! is crucial to encouraging the improvement or upcycling of places and spaces; the re-use rather than replace. I’m constantly amazed at the thought, care and dedication that architects lavish on these modest projects. I think it’s among the best work they do.”

Amy Frearson of Dezeen said: “Don’t Move, Improve! is one of my favourite design competitions, as it focuses on an area of architecture that so many people, particularly in London, have either experienced themselves or have aspirations towards, and provides a real source of inspiration.”

Now in its ninth year, NLA’s Don’t Move, Improve! programme celebrates London’s best-designed and most innovative new home extension projects, promoting the work of emerging practices and encouraging the best design in everyday life. The competition highlights the importance of high-quality design and multi-functional spaces in Londoners homes, where space often has to work twice as hard to deliver everyday needs in a condensed footprint.

The programme is run in conjunction with Dezeen, RIBA London, Architect’s Republic and

Past winners:

• 2017 overall winner – ‘The Sunken Bath’, designed by Studio 304 – a garden room in Clapton, East London, containing a sunken Japanese-style bath
• 2016 overall winner – ‘House of Trace’, Lewisham by Tsuruta Architects, which went on to win the national RIBA prize
• 2015 overall winner – ‘Ravenswood’ by Maccreanor Lavington, a timber-framed extension to an end-of-terrace house on a 1960s estate in Gospel Oak

NLA New London Architecture House Extension Contest 2017

NLA Don’t Move, Improve! 2017


The exhibition at New London Architecture, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT, will feature 120 projects from the longlist, shortlist and all winners. Winners are announced at the private view on Thursday 25 January 2018, with the exhibition closing on Thursday 29 March 2018.

A series of free public Design Surgery days with featured architect practices will take place throughout 2018, with the first taking place on Saturday 24 February.

NLA Don’t Move, Improve! 2017 Shortlist

Shortlisted houses and architects:

61aMR, Walthamstow
WIDGER Architecture
61aMR, Walthamstow property extension London
photo : WIDGER Architecture

Amhurst Road, Hackney Downs
Poulsom Middlehurst
Amhurst Road, Hackney Downs house extension
photo : Poulsom Middlehurst

Arbour House, Peckham
nimtim architects
Arbour House, Peckham
photo : nimtim architects

Bayston Road, Stoke Newington
Al-Jawad Pike
Bayston Road, Stoke Newington
photo : Al-Jawad Pike

Black Ridge House, Walthamstow
Neil Dusheiko Architects
Black Ridge House, Walthamstow
photo : Neil Dusheiko Architects

Burnt House, Maida Vale
Hayhurst and Co
Burnt House, Maida Vale property
photo : Hayhurst and Co

Columbia Road, Hoxton
The DHaus Company LTD
Columbia Road, Hoxton house
photo : The DHaus Company LTD

Corduroy House, Hackney Downs
Manalo & White
Corduroy House, Hackney Downs property
photo : Morgan O’Donovan

DA Residence, Walthamstow
DA Residence, Walthamstow home
photo : deDRAFT

Dewsbury Road, Neasden
O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects
Dewsbury Road, Neasden home
photo : O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects

Egg House, Knightsbridge
Jonathan Tuckey Design
Egg House, Knightsbridge property
photo : Jonathan Tuckey Design

Greswell Street, Fulham
Simon Gill Architects
Greswell Street, Fulham home
photo © Simon Gill Architects

Greville Road Studio, Kilburn
Syte Architects
Greville Road Studio, Kilburn property interior
photo © Syte Architects

Hide House, Barnes
Laura Dewe Mathews Architects
Hide House, Barnes property
photo : Laura Dewe Mathews Architects

Manor Road, Stamford Hill
Paul Archer Design
Manor Road, Stamford Hill property
photo : Nick Guttridge

My House, Peckham
MW Architects
My House, Peckham home
photo © MW Architects

Pitch Perfect, Peckham
nimtim architects
Pitch Perfect, Peckham residence
photo : nimtim architects

Pop-Up Ute, Chalk Farm
Friend and Company Architects
Pop-Up Ute, Chalk Farm residence North London
photo © Friend and Company Architects

Rachel’s House, Haggerston
Paul Archer Design
Rachel's House, Haggerston home
photo : Kilian O’Sullivan © Paul Archer Design

Reading Room, Belsize Park
Studio Carver
Reading Room, Belsize Park home interior
photo © Studio Carver

Roman Road Gallery, Bethnal Green
Threefold Architects
Roman Road Gallery, Bethnal Green
photo © Threefold Architects

SE5: Garden Library, Camberwell
Turner Architects
SE5 Garden Library, Camberwell property
photo : Turner Architects

Slope House, Nunhead
Poulsom Middlehurst
Slope House, Nunhead home
photo : Poulsom Middlehurst

Sun Rain Rooms, Finsbury
Tonkin Liu
Sun Rain Rooms, Finsbury home
photo : Tonkin Liu

Taper House, Barnes
Mustard Architects
Taper House, Barnes home
photo © Mustard Architects

The Copper Lookout, Holloway
Beasley Dickson Architects
Copper Lookout, Holloway home extension
photo © Beasley Dickson Architects

The Etch House, Honor Oak
Fraher Architects
Etch House, Honor Oak home interior
photo : Fraher Architects

The Triangle, Clapton
Yellow Cloud Studio
Triangle, Clapton home interior
photo : Yellow Cloud Studio

The Water Tank, Keeling House, Haggerston
Brian Heron Architects
Water Tank, Keeling House
photograph © Terry Duffell

Valetta House, East Acton
Office S&M
Valetta House, East Acton home
photo : Office S&M

Winning and shortlisted projects are:

• Featured in an exhibition from January – March 2018 at NLA’s central London gallery at The Building Centre, WC1
• Featured in the Don’t Move, Improve! magazine, distributed with NLQ magazine, to purchase at NLA and the RIBA bookshops, and for free public download via the NLA website
• All shortlisted practices are invited to participate in NLA ‘Design Surgeries’, taking place throughout the year, including free ‘speed-dating’ consultations, talks and advice with potential clients.
• Winning projects featured in Dezeen
• Winners announced at an Awards Reception on Thursday 25 January 2018
• Winning practices awarded a 12-month membership of NLA and free event tickets
• Winning practices invited to participate in NLA’s associated events programme
• Winning homeowners receive Clippings vouchers
• Clippings discount issued to all submitters
• Opportunity to participate in a ‘Shop the Look’ feature on

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