Cooke Fawcett | Riversdale Road, Highbury
Cooke Fawcett Architects was set up in 2015, combining the significant experience of its two directors Oliver Cooke and Francis Fawcett whilst working at Stirling-prize winning practice Herzog & de Meuron Architects on major UK and international projects.
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Riversdale Road, Highbury


Direct commission for an extension in Highbury.


Following the completion of a similar project at the neighbouring address we were commissioned to extend the lower ground floor of this existing Victorian terraced house to create a new garden room.


The project responded to several key client ambitions – an aim to create generous living space adjacent to their existing kitchen and dining areas, desire to improve the connection between these spaces and the garden and an overall aspiration for a lighter, more contemporary feel for this part of the house.


The extension partially projects beyond the original line of the rear of the house to create a west facing side window which captures afternoon and evening sun. To blur the boundary between interior and exterior a small terracotta tiled ‘garden room’ is created in this projecting corner.


The project employs simple industrial materials – exposed polished concrete and plywood, together with vivid green window frames and structural steel elements. The decision to expose and colour the structure developed from discussions about creating an overall lightness, bringing colour and life to the project and making a visual link to the garden beyond. Colour references including the work of Anni Albers were discussed with the client, who is also a weaver, and from these conversations the palette of green and terracotta was developed.


Project Source

Direct Commission


Design and Planning 2018; Construction 2018-19