Date: 31 August 2011
This luxury neighbourhood has the finest restaurants, the most exclusive boutiques and now, perhaps the most expensive apartment in the world: One Hyde Park. The 14-storey building, inaugurated in the spring of 2011, is a complex of four interconnected towers designed by architect Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. The inhabitants of the penthouses have a breath-taking view of the city of London and of Hyde Park through the large areas of glazing in every room. To ensure colour-neutral transparency, thermal insulation on cold winter days and protection from the sun’s heat in the summer, the glazing is made of modern triple insulation glass. Interpane provided the 14,000 square metres of iplus E thermal insulation glass with ipasol neutral 61/33 solar control coating.
Hyde Park on one side, Knightsbridge on the other: One Hyde Park is perfectly situated. Hyde Park, the most well-known of the eight “royal parks”, stretches over 1.4 square kilometres, divided by the 11 hectares of the Serpentine. The park and the lake are loved by Londoners and tourists alike. The lake is perfect for a swim or a row; with a permit, even fishing is allowed. If one prefers land activities, one can use the horse riding facilities or the bowling alley, or just picnic on the grass. Should the well-heeled dwellers of One Hyde Park choose instead to go for a stroll in Knightsbridge, they can enjoy exclusive shops such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols or Prada, the finest restaurants and the chicest bars and clubs. Buckingham Palace is barely a mile away. Those who wish to stay in their apartment can make use of the excellent 24-hour room service of the associated five-star Mandarin-Oriental Hotel or the in house wellness, gastronomy and shopping facilities.
Exclusive glass architecture with ipasol neutral
Four towers, ten to fourteen storeys high, linked to each other by glass stairwells and elevator shafts, a private underground car park, 84 luxury apartments including 4 penthouses: this is One Hyde Park. The most “affordable” flats go for 6.4 million euros, the most expensive are worth 165 million euros. The most exclusive of the apartments is spread over two levels, has seven rooms and a total floor area of 2,700 square metres. Just as impressive as the size of the apartment is the 360 degree view it affords of Hyde Park and London. The colour-neutral glazing lets the inhabitants observe the comings and goings in the busy streets of the British capital unhindered. The ipasol 61/33 solar control coating ensures that the rooms don’t overheat in the summer, thereby reducing air conditioning costs. The building nonetheless receives ample daylight. On cold days, the low Ug value of the triple insulation glass with its iplus E coating provides effective thermal insulation. The energetic properties of the glass façade reduce energy consumption and protect the environment.
The inhabitants are also well-protected. The façade and the windows are bomb and bullet proof, the elevators are activated by a retina scanner, the security personal was trained by the Special Air Service (SAS), and the most exclusive apartments have a panic room where the residents can take shelter in the very unlikely event of a break-in.
The official opening of the building has just taken place after four years of construction work. Richard Rogers, whose office designed the building, received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2007.
Further technical information is available online at www.interpane.com 75 lines / approx. 3,750 characters
One Hyde Park Object address: 68-114 Knightsbridge, London SW1, England Building owner: Project Grande (Guernsey) Ltd Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, London, England Façade construction: Scheldebouw, Middelburg, Netherlands Engineering office: ARUP, London, England Insulation glass production: Flachglas Wernberg Glass products: iplus E with ipasol neutral 61/33 Glass processor: Interpane Plattling
Captions one Knightsbridge at the front door.
Hyde Park is probably the most exclusive place to live in London.
Direct view of Hyde Park – ipasol neutral solar control glass ensures an optimal climate in the rooms.
Floor-to-ceiling ipasol neutral (61/33) solar control glazing provides a colour-neutral view of Hyde Park and Knightsbridge.