Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, in partnership with real estate developer Qatari Diar, has shared its latest plans for the brand’s second London property, set to open in 2024 in the city’s Mayfair district. Located on Grosvenor Square, The Chancery Rosewood will showcase architecture restoration by British architect Sir David Chipperfield of David Chipperfield Architects and interiors by French architect Joseph Dirand.
Upon completion, The Chancery Rosewood will offer 139 guestrooms and suites, as well as revitalized public spaces and dining venues designed by Tristan Auer and Bar Studio. Additional amenities and facilities consist of a Yabu Pushelberg-designed Asaya integrative wellness facility, five retail outlets and a selection of meeting and events spaces, including a 750-guest ballroom. The hotel will mark Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ second property in London and sixth in Europe.
The Chancery Rosewood’s name pays homage to the building’s past: Originally built by architect Eero Saarinen in 1960, the mid-century Mayfair landmark previously housed the United States embassy and was the first purpose-built chancery in London. The building’s original features and mid-century design details, including the Grade II façade and diagrid ceiling, will be retained through a preservation process undertaken by David Chipperfield Architects, with a mission to reinforce and enhance Saarinen’s original vision of a “palace on the park.”
Photo by DBOX for Qatari Diar
This exercise will extend into the interiors, the design of which will be led by Joseph Dirand. Taking inspiration from “the sophistication of the 1920s” and “the creativity and glamour of the 1960s,” the design will feature Art Deco-style detailing, walnut paneling and marble and brass accents, “channeling the ambiance of a traditional British gentlemen’s club.”
Good to know: Rosewood intends for the property to be the first five-star hotel and first U.K. hotel to receive a BREEAM Outstanding rating for sustainable development. (BREEAM measures sustainable value for individual buildings, communities and infrastructure projects across a series of categories, ranging from energy to ecology. Each of these categories addresses the most influential factors, including low-impact design and carbon emissions reduction; design durability and resilience; adaption to climate change; and ecological value and biodiversity protection.)