Marylebone High Street, a borough whose alumni include Charles Dickens, T.S. Eliot, Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon.
The result of an inaugural collaboration with Paris-based architects Studio KO, this pared-back space celebrates the local streetscape, urban history and bones of the original building. Material and aesthetic references include the works of Lucio Fontana, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Antonio Vivaldi, and ferns indigenous to the UK.
Our excavations revealed hidden windows, a fireplace and coal store; these have been left intact so as to respect the original footprint of the space. The floor that has lived many lives has been simply restored and sealed, moss growing through where one plank is missing.
Close to the entrance, a moulded raw concrete basin greets visitors as they arrive; to the left, a stairwell descends into a cellar storeroom, and shelves crafted from pear wood line the brick wall. Their ladder-like configuration suggests a refined scaffold, and contrasts with the saturated matte musk-toned pigment that has been applied to the brick walls.