Later living developer Elysian Residences is partnering with award-winning bookseller Foyles to create special Elysian libraries, curated and maintained by Foyles, within their later living residential schemes in London and the South East. The collaboration will provide residents with a sizeable held collection of books across a variety of subjects, with an order on request service available which also includes access to Foyles’ specialist foreign language books, classical and jazz music recordings, and DVDs. It is the first time that Foyles have agreed to curate private libraries in partnership with a residential developer.
For the exclusive use of residents, the first of the new Elysian libraries curated by Foyles is being built at the Landsby on Merrion Avenue in Stanmore, a later living scheme providing 101 newly-built one- and two-bedroom apartments, including penthouses, with the library space flowing into the hotel-like lobby with 24/7 concierge. Other hotel-like amenities at the Landsby include a coffee lounge and bar; fine dining restaurant with private dining area; sixth floor rooftop gymnasium/health club; luxury beauty salon with treatment room area; multi-purpose activity room, medical consultation suite and underground parking facility.
With Art Deco-inspired architecture, the six-storey Landsby is designed by Roy Collado of architectural practice Collado Collins with interior design by Ian Baylis of Bowler James Brindley. The new double-height lobby and adjoining Elysian library are 1,675 sqft in size, with the extensive library featuring a central limestone fireplace and hearth with an Art Deco-style antique glass mirror above, surrounded by 8ft high built-in bespoke library shelving and joinery, providing space for hundreds of books, illuminated by shelf lights and finished in beautiful American Walnut wood.
The Walnut wood panelling in the lobby and library area is complemented by feature chandeliers and elegant yet comfortable club chairs, giving the space the ambience of a five-star hotel or exclusive members club. Visitors to the library will be able to either browse books in the luxurious communal space, or borrow a publication and read it in the privacy of their home.
The Landsby is operated by Elysian, and, under the agreement with Foyles, the bookseller will be the ongoing official curator and supplier of books for the library and residents. Residents can place requests with the management company for the latest books, and residents can also purchase publications from Foyles and have them delivered to their home.
The Landsby and its new library are scheduled to be operational in late 2019 and Elysian Residences and Foyles will use this inaugural collaboration to fine-tune future libraries planned at the luxury brand’s forthcoming later living developments, which will include The Oren on West Heath Road in Hampstead, providing 46 two and three-bedroom apartments, including penthouses, complete with lobby, library, on-site spa and pool, gourmet restaurant and landscaped gardens.
Elysian Residences Chief Executive Officer, Gavin Stein said, “Libraries are an important cornerstone of a vibrant community, offering visitors a place of relaxation, learning and discovery. We wanted to provide our residents with a relaxing reading environment curated with the latest high-quality books and other publications, and this is why Elysian Residences chose to partner with renowned bookseller Foyles to ensure our libraries provide a unique and valuable resource.”
Foyles General Manager, Stephen Clarke said, “We’re pleased to announce this new partnership with Elysian Residences, in which we can draw on our collective bookselling expertise and the depth of our range to curate a library offer to inspire, inform and delight, situated in a stunning surround. This is a new and exciting venture for us, and we look forward to offering Elysian residents a service of the same high standard to which we hold each of our bookshops.”
The first phase release of apartments at the Landsby were launched off-plan and the scheme is now 25% reserved, with another phased release planned when the development is operational. Visitors can tour a 1,492 sqft dressed two-bedroom show apartment. Prices at the Landsby start from £490,000 for a one-bedroom, £720,000 for a two-bedroom and £1,250,000 for a penthouse apartment: all providing private outdoor space.