The first completed interiors at The OWO Residences by Raffles – formerly Churchill’s Old War Office – have been revealed
London’s most iconic landmarks have enough history between them to fill more than a few encyclopaedic volumes, but what if you could live right where the pages of history were made – such as Winston Churchill’s World War II headquarters, for example? The OWO – formerly Britain’s Old War Office and reputedly the place that inspired James Bond author, Ian Fleming, to come up with his most enduring character – has unveiled the first completed residences within this Grade II* listed building. Set to open this winter, The OWO will be home to 85 unique Raffles branded residences and a new 120-bedroom flagship Raffles hotel, as well as eleven restaurants and bars.
The showcased interiors are by leading design studios Albion Nord and Angel O’Donnell, who were tasked with ensuring that residences complement the existing fabric of the historic building. Unique in size and layout, the two residences that have been revealed marry the old with the new, to create sophisticated, but timeless, interiors.
Albion Nord’s design is underpinned by a deep appreciation of the historical and architectural context of The OWO, drawing on the rich heritage of the site, and showcasing British craftsmanship. Furniture featured in the residence comes from diversely different eras, as a reference to different moments in the building’s storied history. Meanwhile, the grand entrance hall was envisioned as a gallery space, with plinths, plants and artwork utilised to bring this vision to life.
Design studio Angel O’Donnell used a different source of inspiration as their point of reference, imagining the residence for a cultural connoisseur. The rooms have subsequently been filled with an impressive array of collectible artworks – including two original Damien Hirsts and Chris Levine’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as a rich mix of mid-century abstracts by Sandra Blow, Terry Frost and Breon O’Casey; the idea being that the collection should be befitting of The OWO’s cultural pedigree. Alongside the curated artworks, subtle textures and colours add visual interest, while a vellum drinks cabinet – a bespoke design by the studio – takes pride of place in a statement living and entertaining space.
Both Albion Nord and Angel O’Donnell have brought these unique spaces to life, creating residences designed for modern day living, that celebrate the building’s illustrious history, with the designs enhancing many of the building’s retained original features, such as ornate mosaic floors, detailed architectural mouldings, and grand ceiling heights. The two residences have been revealed to demonstrate to prospective buyers the varied design styles and aesthetics that can be achieved at The OWO.
Prices begin from £10 million, including fixtures and fittings (although not including artworks). To make an enquiry, visit www.theowo.london, and for further information about Raffles, go to www.raffles.com.