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 New York based practice for architecture, design and research led by Lydia Xynogala


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• 253 West 76 Street, #7
  New York, NY 10023 
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House in Achladies


                Conceived as an aggregate of adjoining rooms in the landscape. The house is situated on a sloping triangular site. Passage through rooms reveals views of the sea.





























































Parallel rooms are created by retaining walls, a common feature in the surrounding Mediterranean landscape. Each volume sits at a different elevation following the topography and contains a dedicated program.  A stair makes the slope flow into the house; the interior experience is a viewing apparatus onto the sea.
  Focused on a large opening to the south, the spaces contemplate the sea and are complemented by a smaller northern one towards the slope. These openings also provide efficient cross ventilation for each room. The concept of “aggregate” was a generator of form and selection of materials. Aggregation of  volumes, aggregate in the raw concrete walls, in the terrazzo floor, roofs filled with gravel and plants.
Sliding doors through the double walls mark the passage from one space to the next. The notion of a “cut” through the solid concrete walls is emphasized by the grey marble of the thresholds. Facing the road, the east and west facades have no openings; this further protects the interior from the sun. A barely visible configuration of spaces conveys privacy with maximum views towards the sea.  Materials were used that are very familiar in older Greek residential interiors. Here, terrazzo floors, marble and plaster render are found in spaces, forms and combinations not so familiar.

Location         Skiathos Island, Greece
Completion    2016
Area                200 sqm
Photography  Yiorgis Yerolymbos

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Ennismore Gardens House


 A Victorian house facing an enclosed garden. Interiors were dark and heavy. A process of removal of decorations. Light screen and plants.










Guest room screen



The Wardian case was an early type of sealed protective container for plants. It found great use in the 19th century in protecting foreign plants imported to Europe from overseas and was invented by Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward of London, in 1829.

































To create a visual continuity with the gardens outside, a “phytothèque” or plant wall was conceived: a series of geometric volumes interlocked. They function as planters, display for art, shelves and seating, inspired by Wardian cases.
            A gradual transition from the garden (plants) to the domestic (objects) is achieved in this sequence.
            Color brings into focus historic details. 

Scope
Interior renovation
Completion
2016
Location
Knightsbridge, London, England
Photography
Nicholas Worley

Pedaço (fragment). Installation in Edgware Road, London



Suspended ceramic fragments. An entry lobby.












Scope
Interior Design / Art Installation
Status
2018 - in Progress
Location
London, England
Team
alos ~ Lydia Xynogala in Collaboration with Candida Wigan, Tex-Tile




Three Guesthouses


Three unfinished buildings. Adding field stone outside to insulate and new windows to break repetition. Play of color, light and shadow inside with shutters and textures. 






 





A subtle/playful differentiation is made between the three buildings through the use of materials and colors. Ground floors are clad in local field stone similar to the dry stack stone walls in the surrounding landscape.














































Three existing and partially completed buildings were left unfinished in their concrete frame for years. No volume alteration is allowed by local regulations.  Surface, depth and texture are the architectural tools.

Each upper façade has a slightly different hue responding to its orientation with new window openings.
Wooden shutters shield the rooms from the sun. In closed state they form a geometric paintings on the walls. Low cost and durable finishes were selected to withstand heavy use, paired with custom details and furniture.

Scope
Exterior Conversion, Interior Design, Landscape
Completion 
2016
Location
Sporades, Greece
Photography
Yiorgis Yerolymbos


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Recess Art Gallery


A flexible interior framework for a non-profit Art Space.  









For their new headquarters in the Brooklyn Navy yards, we produced custom furniture designed space layouts for the public spaces and private offices. Low-budget, great flexibility and ease to replicate, are the design objectives. Common construction materials are the components for all the furniture. A line of flexible furniture forms components allows Recess to compose various configurations for both work and public viewing.  As Recess grows and expands, these furniture can be easily reproduced and rearranged to fit new needs.

Scope
Interior Design
Status
Completed
         Year          
2018
Location
Brooklyn, New York
Photography
Nick Johnson

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