These days David Adjaye is working on towering skyscrapers and colossal museum projects. But he’s best-loved for his residential designs, and among them, London’s Lost House is the brightest gem.
Completed in 2004 in King’s Cross, in what was an alley, the house is a jewellery-box that hides inhabitants from prying eyes behind a modest brick facade. It has only one external window on its exterior facade. The main interior space is illuminated by three light wells that run the length of the space, diffusing natural light throughout the inky black interior.
Reflective surfaces across the combined large living room, kitchen and dining room further amplify light from the wells, and the house’s central courtyard and meditative water garden.
Upstairs are the guest bedroom and master suite, which is flanked by a lap pool.