Compact Design of the Year Winner: Two and a Half Storey House. Don't Move, Improve! 2021



Two and a Half Storey House by Bradley Van Der Straeten is the Joint Winner of the Don’t Move, Improve! 2021 Compact Design of the Year

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The project was completed for a family having a second baby on the way and who didn’t want to move from their two-bedroom home, located on a housing estate in Stoke Newington.

After unsuccessful attempts to get planning for a new full height roof extension, the solution was to work within Permitted Development guidelines and add a half-height box dormer, invisible from the street. The challenge was to make the unconventional interior volumes habitable. This was solved by stacking the two bedrooms, one above another, interlocking like 3d Tetris blocks, providing enough space for an additional room.

ARCHITECT Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects
CONTRACTOR Gregos Builders And Decorators
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Constant Structural Design LTD
PHOTOGRAPHER FRENCH+TYE
STATUS Built
BOROUGHHackney
SIZE 98 sqm

Completion
November 2019

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Don’t Move, Improve! encourages great design in everyday life, celebrating the newest and most innovative home improvement projects from across London.

The annual competition – now celebrating its 11th year – showcases the diversity and character of homes being redesigned in London.

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