An Art Collector Would Be at Home in This Lavish Flat in London’s Old War Office


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Lease: London

Price: £14.25 million (US$16.12 million)

This three-bedroom apartment is one of the first of 85 branded residences available at The OWO Residences, a development in Britain’s Old War Office Building, which in its storied history has housed monarchs, hosted influential government events and even appeared as MI6 headquarters in some of the James Bond films.

The dramatic two-story foyer opens to formal living and dining rooms with a two-sided gas fireplace and French doors to the grounds and dining terrace.

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The developers were intent on preserving the building’s historical significance and entry to this home is through a solid-oak door with bronze ironmongery, framed with original arched architectural detailing.

“The hallway showcases many of the building’s original features, including lofty ceiling heights and ornate mosaic stone flooring,” said Charlie Walsh, head of sales and marketing at The OWO Residences. The spacious living and dining area is already furnished with artwork and furniture from varying periods, selected by British interior design studio Angel O’Donnell.

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“A standout piece in this space is the banquet-sized dining table honed from a single slab of Rosso Luana marble,” Mr. Walsh said.

The designers selected individual pieces from different genres, periods and of different mediums, he added, and the home’s “collection includes two limited-edition Damien Hirsts and Chris Levine’s famous meditative portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as a special commission by Colombian artist Dairo Vargas and a mix of mid-century abstracts by Sandra Blow and Terry Frost.”

British furniture-maker Smallbone designed the kitchen, installing hand-finished, oak-veneered cabinets with walnut interiors and antique brass detailing, Brazilian Taj Mahal stone worktops and Gaggenau appliances. It’s accessible from the main entrance hall and the reception room. There is also a discreet utility room behind paneled doors.

Wood-framed floor-to-ceiling windows take in the mountain and vineyard views and flood the rooms with bright natural light.

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The upstairs primary bedroom suite features built-in beech cabinetry, a fireplace, a sitting room, an office, a safe room, two balconies and a bathroom with a soaking tub.

Adam Potts

The principal bedroom has ample private dressing space leading to an en-suite bathroom with both an undermount bath and separate shower. Two additional bedrooms each have en-suite bathrooms. The study is located between the two guest bedrooms and overlooks the private residents’ garden.

“I particularly love the foyer of this residence, a soaring space crowned with two spectacular chandeliers, which sets the tone for the rest of the home,” Mr. Walsh said.

The apartment’s listing price includes the fixtures and fittings but not the artwork.


Stats

This 2,807-square-foot apartment has three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one powder room.

Amenities

“Residents of The OWO will have access to 30,000 square feet of amenities, which include a games room and a 16-seat cinema for screenings and a gym,” said Mr. Walsh. “There is also a landscaped residents’ garden designed by Marcus Barnett, multiple residents’ lounges, meeting and work spaces, a dedicated residential lobby and a guest VIP room as well as secure underground parking with number plate recognition system and valet service.”

The building will also house the UK’s first Raffles hotel, with 120 rooms and suites and 11 restaurants and bars. It will include an extensive wellness space and residents will have access to the 65-ft. hotel pool and a separate vitality pool. The OWO’s adjacent spa will be led by wellness brand Guelain and movement and nutrition experts Pillar, who will be providing residents with personalized wellness offerings. On completion (scheduled for late 2022), the OWO will have nine destination restaurants and three bars, including three restaurants led by Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco.

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Neighborhood Notes

From its central location in Whitehall, the apartment is close to Buckingham Palace, The National Gallery, The Tate, The Royal Academy and South Bank, as well as well-known shopping streets including Regent Street, Bond Street and Jermyn Street. Nearby, St. James’s Park offers 57 acres of parkland; the Westminster and Embankment tube stations are a short walk away.

Officers: Knight Frank and Strutt & Parker

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