Hollycroft Avenue is a three storey rear extension from lower ground to first floor replacing an existing two storey rear extension, and includes roof terraces at first and second floors. The extension itself has been designed to celebrate the existing red brick detailing found to the front of the property and draw this attention to detail back through to the rear. A key feature of the scheme are the two 750mm brick piers which bookend the full height glazing aperture. We worked with the brick supplier to design and manufacture a series of imperial-sized hand-made chamfered ‘special bricks’, which have been stack bonded to give both depth and texture to the facade. We chose to accentuate the scheme’s sense of verticality by creating angled recesses which run the height of the piers. The handmade nature and texture of the brick piers juxtaposes the very precise, engineered and reflective nature of the doors and intermediate black glass cladding. The texture of the brickwork also provides some relativity to the third floor white roughcast render when lit at night. The two sets of sliding doors (bottom manual/top mechanical) and importantly the black glass cladding work together to create a fully reflective facade making the most of the natural context surrounding the development.