London house extensions awarded by Don’t Move, Improve!



  • Dezeen promotion: a south London residence updated with new living spaces, custom-built furniture and a two-storey lightwell has been named winner in a competition to find London’s best house extensions (+ slideshow).
  • Designed by Tsuruta Architects to reveal “memories of place and construction”, House of Trace is a two-storey addition to a Victorian property in south London.
  • The prize for Best Historic Intervention was scooped by Fitzrovia House, a project by West Architecture that involved inserting a new residence behind the Georgian facade of a bomb-damaged west-London house.
  • Dezeen’s architecture editor Amy Frearson and RIBA London Director Tamsie Thomson were among the judges, who were chaired by NLA director Peter Murray.
  • “The standard of Don’t Move Improve continues to rise each year,” commented Murray.


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FitzSimons’s installation is meant to explore how we “view, think and dream” about homes



  • Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: a stark installation on the Chicago lakefront by artist Sarah FitzSimons features the outline of a traditional two-storey American house (+ slideshow).
  • Her work has been exhibited in cities around the US.

    House is on view in Chicago through 25 October.

  • Titled House, the structure sits on a beach along Lake Michigan, with a part of it submerged in water.
  • The temporary installation has no roof, walls, nor cladding – leaving it intentionally open to the elements.
  • FitzSimons used aluminium poles and joints to create the outline of a typical two-storey home found in the American Midwest.


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