Elysian Residences and award-winning bookseller Foyles joined with broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald OBE to open the first Elysian library, curated by Foyles, located in the developer’s new urban retirement village known as the Landsby in London’s Stanmore.
The vision for the Landsby is to provide a unique combination of beautiful apartments, the five-star amenities of a truly great hotel, outstanding service and additional healthcare and support, available on a totally flexible basis if needed.
Designed by leading London architect Collado Collins, the Landsby’s architectural style deliberately references the Art Deco period seen in the local area and provides 101 one-and two-bedroom private apartments including ten penthouses set within leafy surroundings. Features include the entrance canopy and foyer, feature brickwork, curved walls, polished pillars, large windows and generous covered balconies.
The grand double height entrance lobby and new library span the entire depth of the Landsby with the library finished in beautiful American Walnut wood. Curated by Foyles , the extensive library offers a number of sections covering biographies, novels, classics, gardens, travel, sports and children’s books for the homeowners’ children. The ‘living library’, with over 750 books, will be updated according to the interests of the homeowners and new books can be ordered from Foyles via the Landsby’s concierge.
Homeowners will be able to either browse and read books in the luxurious library or adjoining bar, or in the privacy of their home. Homeowners can also benefit from Foyles’ order-on-request service providing access to specialist foreign language books; music recordings; and DVDs.
The Elysian library collaboration marks the first time that Foyles have curated a private library in partnership with a residential developer. At the launch homeowners, Elysian directors and guests and Foyles staff joined Sir Trevor McDonald who highlighted the importance of libraries in today’s modern age and spoke about his inspirational life reviewed in his new autobiography, An Improbable Life, a copy of which was added to the Elysian library.