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Nido, West Hampstead

The existing common spaces at Nido West Hampstead will be refurbished, extended and carefully curated to provide a series of spaces to work, study and relax.

Enfolding across 3 levels to host a cafe bar, library and lounge, karaoke room and secret launderette, the integrated work and social spaces will be framed by an overall aesthetic of historic light-industrial detail and a rich colour palette.

Referencing the eclecticism of Victorian England, and drawing on the spirit of invention and the potential of discovery, the renovation of Nido West Hampstead embraces the historical influences of the area without slavishly recreating history.

Conceived as a Victorian Glasshouse, a new events space and bar projects into the existing courtyard, integrating the outdoor private courtyard.

During the Victorian era, The ‘Glasshouse’ evolved from a space to grow exotic plants and fruits, to a space of recreation; a place to study, relax and entertain. The Glasshouse at West Hampstead provides a dramatic backdrop to engaging events, with exposed structural steel and timber purlins introducing depth and texture to the recently completed student accommodation.

The façade comprises of polycarbonate panels and steel-framed glazing, with expressive structural cross bracing and metalwork extrusions forming a layered composition. A dark brick plinth grounds the glasshouse and marries the extension to the existing materials palette. Internally, a double-sided fireplace divides the events space and social zone, providing an inviting focus to the communal areas.