London's iconic U.S. Embassy could soon be hosting more than just diplomats.
A Qatari-owned development firm that owns the 9-story building has proposed transforming it into luxury hotel when State Department officials move out next year.
Under the plans, the old embassy would be refurbished into a 137-room five-star hotel and spa, featuring five restaurants and six high-end shops.
Barricades that were installed around the embassy after 9/11 would also be torn down.
British architect Sir David Chipperfield has been tapped to spearhead the $1.4-billion redevelopment of Finnish-American Eero Saarinen's 1950s modernist building.
Sitting in the heart of London's upscale Mayfair neighborhood, 24 Grosvenor Square has been America's diplomatic home in the U.K. since the late 1950s.
But the square's American links go back to 1785 when U.S. ambassador — and future president — John Adams rented an apartment at 9 Grosvenor Square.
However, officials' needs have outgrown the building — which is protected under British heritage laws. In 2008, it was announced that a new embassy would be constructed in south London's Nine Elms area.
"We have studied the building's design and its history as well as its surroundings to deliver an architecturally and socially coherent proposal," Chipperfield said.
Qatari Diar — a subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority — bought the building in 2009 and is behind the proposal.
"A new chapter in our special relationship begins in early 2017 with our move to a new U.S. Embassy in Nine Elms," U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun said. "Grosvenor Square will write a new chapter of its own, one that I hope retains an imprint of America's deep and abiding history here." (Source)
There are multiple advertising possibilities with the ILQ network, drop us an e-mail at advertis[email protected] for inquiries!
If you have anything you want to share with us, send us an e-mail at [email protected]!
Want to send a tip? Drop us an e-mail at [email protected], anonymity is guaranteed!
You have successfully registered your account!Please confirm your e-mail address by clicking on the URL sent to you.The e-mail usually arrives in 5-10 minutes.
Salam! Welcome to our brand new site! Looking good huh?
We’ve got loads of cool new features and to help make sure your account is secure, you’ll need to reset your password the first time you log in.
New to ILQ? What are you waiting for? Sign up!
How ajeeb was that!? Thanks for contributing to our community! Your post will appear after we take a quick look!