Riversdale Road is the project carried out by the O ‘Sullivan Skoufoglou architecture studio in Highbury, London. The intervention transforms the ground floor of the existing housing, adapting it to the family with two children living there.
In origin, the existing housing distributed its ground floor in a compartmentalized manner, generating small and narrow spaces. In addition, the back wall in contact with the patio takes center stage, expanding and including a closed and unused outdoor patio, and communicating it with the garden.
Riversdale Road manages to unify the common spaces of the ground floor, giving them greater dimensions and enriching their spatiality. The union of the areas of living room, dining room and kitchen allow to enjoy the views towards the garden from all the rooms.
A large sliding door and a door embedded in a wooden box build the new limit. The semi-sunken patio is related as a preview to the garden that is in an upper level.
Riversdale Road creates a previously non-existent limit of connection between the common ground floor spaces and the garden
The new interior spaces of Riversdale Road are articulated by light and materials. The entire dining and living area revolves around the large window and patio. This area uses materials of great warmth such as wood, used in furniture, shelves and bench running in addition to forming the slab of beams of wood.
The kitchen nevertheless looks for a greater neatness by means of the use of the white color and of materials like the marble. Light enters this area, more interior and far from the window, through a large skylight that illuminates the entire area.
The entire palette of materials from Riversdale Road is maintained throughout the home: materials such as wood, concrete, brick or marble, mixing earth tones with gray, white and black. Small details such as copper faucets provide a point of sophistication to the design.
Photography by Ståle Eriksen.