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alos is a practice for architecture and design founded by Lydia Xynogala in New York, producing buildings, environments and objects.

projects begin with rigorous research and experimentation. through simple geometries they engage material properties, sites and cultural narratives at various scales and formats.

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



Ennismore Gardens House

This listed Victorian house in Knightsbridge is facing a large communal enclosed garden across the street. The renovation brings into focus the relationship with the gardens and lits into the previously dark interiors, stripped from all their previous artificial finishes. The main feature is the entry condition.

The intervention employs one material, perforated steel plate, painted white: bent, it creates volumes and architectural elements yet retaining the character of a light 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. 

The perforated steel plate further continues as a stair element and allows light to flow into the small kitchen area, becoming almost invisible. As a new wall, in the mezzanine level above the kitchen, it is broken into operable shutters. When used as a guest room the closed shutters shield the interior from view of the entryway meanwhile bringing light in. When used as a study they open up to the entry and garden view outside.

Color in the living area is used to bring into focus historic details and create a dialogue with warmer tones on the furniture selection. The floor is stripped to reveal original flooring. In the private areas, bedroom, dressing and bathroom, more subtle colors are employed again to create a play of texture and depth.

Renovation, Interior Design, Custom Furniture
Knightsbridge, London, England
Nicholas Worley