If approved, Robert A.M. Stern will build London's most expensive flats. Aiming to replace a 1960s car park and a number of other buildings in city's Mayfair district, the £2 billion "Audley Square House" apartment block is being commissioned by Phones4U billionaire John Caudwell.
As BD Online reports, Caudwell abandoned an already approved £300 million Foster + Partners scheme in favor of Stern's neo-classical design, saying he chose the New York-based architect for his "ability to design high-quality buildings that do not stand apart from their surroundings but rather fit in comfortably amongst their neighbors.”
"We have opted for quality over quantity," said Richard Bosson of Caudwell Properties. "We will likely sacrifice a bit of square footage in favor of creating the best quality flats. We have a great site and are determined to make this work. We are confident we can create a beautiful and timeless luxury building."
Stern's practice will work with MSMR Architects, who've been appointed as the technical architect, to transform the block with 30 "super prime" flats and townhouses. The 18,550 square-meter scheme will stretch nine stories above and five stories below ground with two floors of parking, a plant and leisure center.