Vardo – Duke of York Square, UK

VARDO is the new all day dining concept in the heart of Duke of York Square in Chelsea.

The restaurant is housed within a state-of-the-art, architecturally designed, stone and glass pavilion, and the circular structure boasts 360-degree wall to floor glazing that fully retracts into the floor.

VARDO’s menu brings ‘back-to-basics’ food to the forefront, highlighting low and slow cooking techniques combined with an emphasis on plant based, healthy and nourishing options.

The Project

Lighting Designers DHA Designs worked closely with Nex Architects to create a lighting scheme that beautifully complimented the buildings dynamic space. The glass walls of the ground floor can be fully retracted into the ground changing the atmosphere from an intimate restaurant to open-air café to make the best use of the surroundings whilst coping with the British weather.

The lighting design utilised DALI controlled fittings and a system with multiple DALI networks was implemented to provide flexibility across the three levels (basement, ground and roof/exterior space) with light sensors enabling lighting changes related to the exterior lighting level. The lighting and controls scheme have contributed to the project achieving BREEAM Excellent Status.

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