I know, I know. I ranted against the pink decor trend, but, alas, here I am absolutely tickled by this lovely rose-colored extension on a mid-terrace house in Islington in north London. It helps that the addition is cast from concrete, a material that I love, and the original residence made from brick, which actually informed the precise tone of the facade.
Designed by London-based architect Simon Astridge, Pink House, as it’s simply—and alluringly—called, comprises a new space at the back of the home that includes an open-plan kitchen and dining room.
In order to create a complementary connection to the existing building, the architect experimented with and mixed various pigments into concrete to achieve a hue that matched the warm tones of the old brick. The result is a dusty, grey-ish pink that is also found on the exposed-plaster interior walls, but in a more subtle way.
A large square window and a series of skylights provide plenty of natural illumination into the understated and minimally-furnished room, which also features a wall of lacquered storage painted a light mint green. Above the concrete-counter island is an open space painted a darker green and hung with potted plants that connects the kitchen with the study and children’s homework area. The extension’s ceiling is clad in light timber panels, furthering its relation to the rest of the house.