Windswept Victoria Street has the train station at one end and Parliament Square at the other, making it one of London's most bustling strips, yet moments from the new glass slab office buildings and government ministries lies a quiet conservation area of handsome red-brick Edwardian mansion blocks, the equal of anything in Kensington or Chelsea and a reminder that this area was once a top address.Eight Artillery Row
, a classy new scheme of 24 apartments, seeks to regain the residential cachet of that era. Designed by MAKE, a lauded architectural practice, the elegant corner building is clad in handmade bricks and decorative Art Nouveau-style bronze panels, and has a bullnosed vertical edge that includes a clock forming a circular window for the one of the apartments.
By keeping the original office building's concrete core, MAKE was able to safeguard the high ceilings and create some very large rooms. At the top of the block is a double-height "pill-box" penthouse with a cantilevered dining area, or "belvedere" sticking out into the sky and linked to a wraparound terrace. So it's all very swanky.
The materials and finishes look bespoke and expensive because they are. Unusually, the architects did the interior design, too, so it all comes together pretty well. Prices from £1.77 million. Call Jones Lang LaSalle on 020 7993 7395.