Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make has completed the refurbishment and extension of a 1960s apartment building behind the RIBA’s Portland Place headquarters in central London
The rear elevation, which faces the institute’s headquarters, has been expanded both horizontally and vertically to provide 12 new homes, all clad in ‘shimmering’ brass imported from Germany.
The Weymouth Street scheme for Ridgeford Properties, which started on site in January 2008, provides 29 new flats in total.
Simon Bowden, partner at Make, said: ‘The bright golden yellow of the brass will take around a year to 18 months to weather, dependent on the climate, and will tone down to a rich brown to echo the shades of the surrounding buildings.’
‘By making use of underutilised space at the rear we were able to push horizontally to create more accommodation that way. And this solution allowed us to do something a little more dramatic in an otherwise largely forgotten back street.’
Bowden added: ‘Now when you walk down Bridford Mews, there is a bright full stop to herald the end.’
According to the practice, the refurbishment has improved the building’s energy rating, partly due to the insulation qualities of the brass, as well as the installation of a ground-source heat pump.
Make has also installed a green meadow roof on a new single-storey building to the rear, reducing rainwater run-off and providing insulation for the building below.