The Inwood Pool Pavilion was inspired by the late Renaissance tradition of orangery, the winter greenhouses of northern Italian and Dutch architecture that were meant to nurture citrus trees through months of bitter cold. These could be lavish edifices, sometimes even containing space to entertain guests.
The proportions of the grand family room of the Inwood Pavilion draw from geometry devised by Robert Adam for the great hall at Syon House in London. The plaster medallions and details on the ceiling and walls are also inspired by Adam, while the incorporation of ornamental niches helped us to integrate certain modern amenities, like the bar area, into the design. The floor pays homage to the entry hall at Claridge’s. A handsome example of English eclecticism, Claridge’s combines Regency décor with Art Deco and hints of Georgian, all housed behind an Edwardian façade. We worked within this English practice of borrowing and juxtaposing architectural elements, designing a wide-fluted bar inspired by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, lighting derived from René Lalique, and an Art Deco inspired powder room.