Ballymore Group is working with Spanish interior designer Luis Bustamante on its prestigious Embassy Gardens development in Nine Elms on the South Bank. Working closely with the architects, both the teams at the Design Cube by Ballymore and Bustamante’s studio have collaborated to design the striking front of house and shared areas of the development to create a sense of place for the first residents moving in in early 2015.
Embassy Gardens will be a landmark riverside neighbourhood, adjacent to the new US Embassy and at the heart of the new Linear Park. Luis Bustamante and Sean Mulryan of Ballymore have worked to ensure that the communal areas of the development feel like a natural extension of the individual properties; warm and discreet yet lively, with an air of luxury. In order to achieve this, a combination of ‘warm’ materials including oak, felt, brass will be matched with precious marbles such as palissandro marble, a white marble with brown-gold veins.
Luis Bustamante, renowned artist and specialist in sculpture, has carefully selected the artwork to bring vitality to vast spaces through use of sculpture and interior design features. An example of this will be the main entrance lobby, where the impressive double height space will contain focal points including Jan Hendrix’s sculpture and the impressive Van Der Straeten hanging lamp, which balance the space.
Luis Bustamante commented:
“My background as a sculptor and painter allows me to understand and conceive spaces as sculptures themselves, recognising the interplay of occupied space and voids. Through my work at Embassy Gardens I have been able to enhance the spacial experience and bring the space to life.”
Sean Mulryan added:
“High quality design and inspirational art are both integral to the Ballymore ethos and I have worked in close collaboration with Bustamante’s team to ensure that both are incorporated into the lives of both Embassy Gardens residents and visitors.”
Embassy Gardens, one of Nine Elms on the South Bank’s most important developments, was heralded as the best-selling scheme of 2012. Phase two of the scheme will be launched to market at the end of 2014.