NLA awardsA larch-clad extension to a Victorian terraced house in Wandsworth, a suburban garden studio In Enfield and a converted container at Hackney City Farm have been announced overall winners of New London Architecture's (NLA’s) third annual ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ competition to find London’s best new home and office extensions.
 
The competition, run this year in association with Elle Decoration, RIBA London, the British Institute of Interior Design and BoConcept, seeks to find the best-designed and most innovative solutions for creating more space in London’s homes and small offices, showing how sensitively designed extensions can be positive additions to the townscape.
 
This year’s winners were selected by an eminent jury from a shortlist of 72 schemes, all of which are on display at the NLA galleries at The Building Centre, WC1 until Wednesday 28 March.
 
The projects range from the transformation of a 1930s garage into a family home in Camden to the million-pound refurbishment of an apartment in Belgrave Square, and demonstrate a wide range of solutions for extending London’s typical dwelling types. Each will provide inspiration for homeowners and small businesses looking to create more space in their homes and offices at a variety of budgets.
  
Magnificent Container by Carl Turner Architects was named winner of the Small Office Extension or Refurbishment category. This £7,000 low-cost, low-carbon project space for not-for-profit organisation Magnificent Revolution, was made by recycling a shipping container and palettes, and was praised by the judges for “its imaginative use of found objects”.
 
Peter Murray, Chairman of the jury, commented: “This year’s Don’t Move, Improve! winners and shortlist illustrate the benefits of well-designed home extensions and promote the involvement of architects in the process. In these difficult economic times, renewal and refurbishment play an increasingly important part in the renewal of the city. Too many small buildings are erected without a designer; the projects on display here demonstrate a heartening range of solutions to create more space at a variety of budgets.”

For further information on this years competition click here.