Ennismore Gardens House
Bringing the gardens and light inside a listed Victorian house in Knightsbridge through a process of removal.
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.
Knightsbridge, London, England