Regent’s Crescent, a development by CIT, lies on the very edge of Regent’s Park in one of Marylebone’s most historically significant locations. The 67 Grade I listed apartments and nine Garden Villas are set behind an elegant façade, originally commissioned by the Prince Regent and designed by John Nash in 1820. Architects PDP London are now honouring Nash’s legacy in the reimagining of the façade, which is starting its grand reveal this month, following Nash’s original designs and specifications.
Overseeing the interiors of this landmark development are international architecture and interiors design house, Millier. Helen Westlake, Creative Director of Millier, comments: ‘It was important for us to understand and celebrate the historical significance of Regent’s Crescent; the building stands as an icon so we understood the necessity to maintain the grandeur of John Nash’s work throughout the project, and carefully applied traditional principles to result in spaces for beautiful contemporary living. This has resulted in unique new-build apartments within a Grade I listed façade.’
The interior plans and detailing are intrinsically related to the fabric of the building in order to respect the architectural proportions and layout traditional of the Regency period. Formal receptions and main living rooms have a strong sense of symmetry and are located on the Crescent side, leaving the more private rooms – bedrooms, private en-suite bathrooms and dressing rooms – at the rear, many of which connect to Juliet balconies or terraces overlooking the landscaped private gardens.
‘All apartment layouts at Regent’s Crescent are unique, which represented an incredible opportunity to create bespoke and interesting spaces through the translation of our principle design details. Every apartment differing so markedly has led us to design to a level of bespoke detail usually unheard of in a modern residential development. However, across all residences there is no stark transition of styles; it was important to us that each residence retains the Regency context in its interiors.’, comments Westlake.
Millier’s designs are a true celebration of Regent’s Crescent’s generous living spaces and exceptionally high ceilings, of up to 4.2m, a rare find in a new build London development. The historical grandeur in the living spaces is referenced in the inclusion of beaded panelling, moulded plaster cornicing – given a contemporary uplift with integrated lighting – and dark antique bronze accents expressed in the joinery and ironmongery. All modern services and requirements such as underfloor heating, comfort cooling and AV have been carefully and discreetly coordinated and concealed within the interiors.
Alpine white stone slabs line the entrance halls, with apartments also featuring monolithic marble kitchen islands and herringbone flooring. The smoked oak floors move from herringbone to a wide boarded pattern towards the rear rooms and the upper levels of the building. Consequently, the timber skirting and plaster cornices change their proportions to suit the cosier and slightly more private informal spaces. Soft white painted walls feature throughout, and large marble slabs in all bathrooms offer a warm and sophisticated base build finish for buyers.
The interior dressing concept, as illustrated in the new imagery, is intended to complement the base build interior architecture. Elegant pieces have been carefully curated, drawing influence from the Regency style but with a modern twist through the use of contemporary textiles and curved lines. Wall coverings and mirrors have been cleverly layered to enhance and frame period features and to offer ample opportunity for buyers to add personal flair through the placement of artwork, chandeliers and decorative pieces, or antique collectors’ items.
On the colour scheme, Westlake comments, ‘The mid-tone palette we used throughout the interiors embraces the heritage fabric but also leaves the opportunity for residents to contribute their own pieces, taking the building from the past to the modern era.’
The material palette is considered, graceful and refined, in line with the historical character of the Grade I listed architecture. For example, there is a delicate balance between the white walls and warm marble finishes in the exquisite en suite bathrooms, where the veining, colours and texture of the marble work beautifully with the metal framed mirror cabinetry. Millier carried out a meticulous and international review and sourcing process for each material applied to ensure that the finest quality standards were met throughout Regent’s Crescent. Bathroom and kitchen marbles – Grigio Carnico and Calacatta Venato – originate from hand selected slabs from Italy, whilst stone for apartment entrance halls, residential entrances and amenities spaces was sourced from leading suppliers in Turkey.