Project of the Week: The Chancery Rosewood

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Our current luxury Project of the Week is Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ dazzling conversion of a historic listed building in London, UK.

The Chancery Rosewood, in partnership with renowned real estate developer Qatari Diar, is set to open in Q1 2025 in the prestigious Mayfair district.

Storied history

The hotel’s name pays homage to the building’s storied past and lasting legacy. Originally built by architect Eero Saarinen in 1960, the mid-20th century landmark previously housed the USA embassy and was the first purpose-built chancery in London.

Saarinen’s grand façade commanded attention over the western border of Grosvenor Square, with the building representing the UK’s diplomatic relationship with the US.

Listed building

The chancery building is one of London’s most coveted addresses and is Grade II listed for its historical importance.

When the US decided to construct a new embassy building in London, plans were set in motion to re-purpose the iconic listed building in Grosvenor Square.

Palace on the park

This property’s original façade, which features an 11-metre gilded eagle hovering above the main entrance, is being preserved, along with design details including a diagrid ceiling.

British architect, Sir David Chipperfield of David Chipperfield Architects, has been selected to reimagine the property as a new hotel and retail destination through elegant interior upgrades while maintaining  the building’s integrity and unique story. The architect’s mission is to reinforce and enhance Saarinen’s original vision of a ‘palace on the park’.

20th century inspiration

Across an area of 4,050 sq m the transformed building will include six flagship retail spaces, as well as 139 Rosewood guestrooms and suites designed by Joseph Dirand. He will honour the legacy of original architect Saarinen while simultaneously infusing his own signature style of art de vivre, ensuring each individual space is intimate and glamorous.

Taking inspiration from the sophistication of the 1920s and the creativity and glamour of the 1960s, the design scheme will draw from a warm, rich colour palette and feature refined, Art Deco-style detailing, walnut panelling and marble and brass accents, altogether channelling the ambiance of a traditional British gentlemen’s club.

Sense and sustainability

The new hotel will realise Rosewood’s signature ‘a sense of place’ philosophy, which takes the local sensibilities of a destination to inform the property experience provided there, in myriad ways, including the expert-led design and décor.

The Chancery Rosewood is slated to be both the first five-star hotel and first UK hotel to ever receive a BREEAM outstanding rating for sustainable development.

Revitalised spaces

Tristan Auer and Bar Studio will create the revitalised public areas, encompassing a variety of formal and casual dining and entertainment spaces that will include five gourmet restaurants and a selection of meeting and events spaces such as a ballroom for up to 1,000 guests, one of the largest in London. Yabu Pushelberg will design an Asaya signature spa and wellbeing facility.

The hotel will mark Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ second property in London and sixth in Europe.