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New London Architecture (NLA), the capital’s centre for the built environment, has today announced the shortlisted entrants for Don’t Move Improve 2016, the competition celebrating London’s best new home extensions. Comprised of 33 nominations, the shortlist features projects from across the capital, ranging from a floating writer’s hut in Enfield to a lantern-like extension in Richmond. Now in its sixth year, the competition has received a record number of entries, demonstrating a strong desire for people to use the best designers to radically rethink the homes in which they live.

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Among those to make the final selection, David Kohn’s Sanderson House features a sloping roof alongside a careful combination of materials and colours to create a vibrant and spacious new addition to the home. Two distinct styles remain closely connected to each other as a red brick façade continues the material palette of the existing house. Vivid interiors and porthole-like windows ensure that the Sanderson House is a modern interpretation of the traditional London home.

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This connection between the old and new provides both a challenge and an exciting opportunity for designers when constructing an extension. House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects chose to highlight the lines of the existing building to help create a subtle merge between the original and brand new elements of the house, made of glass and brick. Exposing the heritage and imperfections of the home, House for Trace features a minimal materials palette and a spacious internal floorplan.

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Creating extensions in conservation areas proved to be a hurdle for many of this years’ shortlist but resulted in some of the most inventive solutions. The Lantern by Fraher Architects features a vertical addition a listed residential building in Richmond. An American Black Walnut staircase wraps itself up through the building while vertical glazing creates a glowing effect at night. Brackenbury House by Neil Dusheiko Architects is the dramatic reshaping of a home in a strict conservation zone in west London for a growing young family.

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Featuring a pop-up cinema and a sky-lit bathroom, the design adds a new basement with a beautiful glass ceiling enabling a greater sense of connection between the kitchen/living space and the new downstairs interior.

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A minimal additional to a terraced house in Camden by Ben Adams Architects also made the shortlist. Placing the kitchen at the centre of the home, the redesign of this family house features a series of concrete floors, kitchen counter and stairs that flow seamlessly into one another, uniting the house through the use of a single material. click here to read full article…..



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