An adaptive reuse of the landmark 20th century Grosvenor House Mansion and Ballroom, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the 1920s, to create ‘hotel residences’ for the exclusive Jumeirah Living brand. The team led by Design Director Earle Arney adapted the historic Park Lane address and breathed new life into the derelict building that lay dormant for nearly a decade. In the process, the team unlocked the commercial development potential of this significant building and created a new public space for London from what was a disused and unloved light well. “With core values of re-use and architectural resuscitation, we approached this opportunity by creating a ‘Best of British’ design narrative that leveraged a deep understanding of both the site and social history of previously uses. The new architectural elements reinterpret devices from traditional English Mansions and those used by Lutyens to create a contemporary long-stay apartment environment. An over-scaled substantial fireplace sits within the garden conservatory which employs scaling and feathered edge elements common in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace.” said Arney. The development activates four existing street frontages within the historic fabric of Mayfair. The result is a beautiful 5-Star hotel aligned to contemporary standards.
Location / London, United Kingdom
Client / Park Lane Properties Ltd
Cost / GBP 100 million
Completed / 2012
Collaborators / Anouska Hempel Design
A project by Woods Bagot / Earle Arney, Design Director