January 27, 2016
Finding opportunities and adding value through innovation and renovation, Wrenbridge’s 67 Tufton Street offers modern day contemporary design birthed from the framework of 1950s classic architecture.
Hundreds of thousands of smiles have been put onto the faces of those who have received parcels and letters from what used to be the post office on Tufton Street. It seems that the building had a few more packages of happiness to deliver through its refurbishment into the epitome of fine British living. Offering the best qualities of London while remaining half as costly as the affluent Mayfair district, 67 Tufton Street is a location that is sure to attract those in search of refined classical charm with a slow pour of modern contemporary style.
That is to say, the two flavours have been softly stirred into a completely complementary mixture. “We’re working within the framework of this gorgeous historical building and seamlessly integrating it into the modern contemporary world of architecture,” said Chris White, Director of Wrenbridge. In conjunction with financiers Legal & General, Wrenbridge Land, a Palmer Capital-backed property company, is in charge of developing 67 Tufton Street and its 22 units and three penthouses.
The property is tucked away in a relatively quiet area of London, which is close to both Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. In fact, one of its penthouses offers what’s called a picture frame window – an opening that frames an exquisite view of London’s marquee landmark, Big Ben. And being a building that was erected just after WWII, its specifications were not limited by modern day regulations. It boasts both supremely large windows and luxuriously high ceilings, giving units a spacious feel graced by vast amounts of natural light.
“We were able to use richer, darker woods for the interiors because of the amount of natural light our units receive,” White explained, citing the unique opportunities Wrenbridge saw in the property. Without the need to rework the façades, the challenge then became staying true to the historic feel of the building with the interiors. To do so, Wrenbridge called upon EPR Architects, known for their vibrant designs and focus on sustainability. Through the use of contrasting light carpets and dark Herringbone flooring, the feeling achieved for these residences is spacious, modern, and elegant. “We wanted it to adhere to some of the old world elements while not being too stuffy.”
None of 67 Tufton Street’s units have the exact same floor plan. One of the Penthouses has what White calls a “James Bond Roof” — a retractable roof that opens to a gorgeous view. Those kinds of touches lend to creating additional character to each living space.
Aside from being attractive to buyers looking for places with a bit more character, 67 Tufton Street is also located conveniently close to Victoria Train Station, meaning easy access to Gatwick, which bring us full circle when considering the building’s former function of sending smiles in the form of parcels and packages into giant tin birds. Only now, it’s primed to send off smiles in the form of happy campers around the world.