RIBA Architects

MOOi Extension Complete in CB1

This MOOi project features the transformation of a Victorian terraced, former HMO property in the central Cambridge conservation area, described by the clients as ‘awaiting its moment of glory’.The main brief was to create a light, contemporary, open plan kitchen and dining space, which had a stronger connection with the rear garden.

The final scheme included large expanses of glazing, generous ceiling heights, a feature pocket door and sliding doors by IDSystems and mahogany flooring reclaimed from a local School gymnasium.  The clients, both with impeccable taste and a design background, added a number of finishing touches, such as the scrabble lettered kitchen splash back and garden sculptures, which help to personalise and complete the project.

The flank walls of the extension are of masonry construction, with an internalised exposed Gault brick wall and the rear infill elevation is timber framed, to allow flexibility in the integration of the large sliding doors and feature pocket door, which lead seamlessly out to the contemporary landscaped terrace, featuring wrap around seating and a cedar boarded fence.

Externally, the black render provides a striking yet relatively economical external envelope, which when combined with the thin black framed IDSystems sliding doors and black Anthra Zinc copings by VMZinc, helps to create a complimentary palette of materials in varying tones of black/grey.  The roof of the extension includes an extensive green roof system from Sarnafil, which has been planted with Chamomile, and once established its flowers will be visible from ground level, creating a playful, fun contradiction to the black volume below.

Following five months on site the finished project delivers an elegant and generous living space flooded with natural light, complimenting the existing historic property and providing a distinctive, creative solution to the clients brief.

Photos by Matthew Smith Architectural Photography.

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