New London Architecture

Don't Move, Improve! 2018

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Showcasing all home projects featured in this year’s Don’t Move, Improve! competition, this magazine showcases a range of solutions at a variety of budgets, completed within London’s distinct typologies — from small flats in 1960s housing blocks and Victorian terraces to Edwardian semis and post-war detached homes.

What's Inside?
- 120 Inspirational Projects
- How to extend your home: tips and advice 
- Architect Directory

Excerpt from the introduction

As London’s appeal continues to rise – with its world-class food scene, cultural offer and thriving businesses, alongside its improving schools – more and more families are choosing to stay in the capital. In doing so, Londoners are demanding more from their homes. Whether this is through extending the roof or rear of their house, or building a garden structure to create an office or studio, we’re seeing a huge number of highly detailed, innovative responses to small-scale densification. 

Selected by our panel of experts from across the fields of design and architecture, New London Architecture’s annual Don’t Move, Improve! competition celebrates the best new home extensions across London, offering up creative and innovative solutions to creating more space to live in an ever denser capital city. 

By re-using existing homes rather than replacing them, home extensions form a vital part of London’s rich built environment, with the mix of building types providing a huge variety of responses in creating extra space – and a thriving architecture scene of emerging and established architect practices bringing these visions to life. 

On the following pages, you can find 120 different ideas for how you might approach your own project, along with helpful tips, a directory of this year’s best architects to work with, and a healthy dose of interior inspiration along the way. 


Letter from the editor
By Catherine Staniland, NLA Director

How to extend your home
Advice on starting your own project

Overall winners
This year’s best projects

Inside / Outside
Designs that connect homes with the outdoors 

Double height
Creating open, dramatic spaces that link levels 

Rear and side extensions
Reutilising underused external space to increase internal living spaces 

Designs that optimise internal spaces for modern living 

Roof extensions
Creating space at high level 

Specialist spaces
Structures that create unique spaces for hobbies and work

Publication details

Published January 2018
85 Pages
ISBN 9780995614451

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