London based Architectural practice Russian for Fish has recently masterminded a North London basement. Polished, light-toned concrete was used for the floor throughout the lower-ground space and the party wall.
This was complemented by off-white walls, and contrasted by a pop of yellow that dominates the kitchen, turning it into a distinct area within the open-plan space. That yellow continues up the stairwell, creating a threshold between the lower-ground floor and the more traditional interior beyond.
The colour effectively lifts the predominately neutral palette, reinventing a basement and helping to lift and brighten the space. And the unusual practice name? the Russian word for fish is pronounced ‘RIBA’.