The Nova Building in Victoria is one of many large-scale developments currently altering London’s skyline. So how to stand out from the crowd? Win Building Design magazine’s Carbuncle Cup for the ugliest building in the UK.
The poor thing. Some of our favourite buildings, including The Shard, have been nominated for that award (‘Tesco Town’ in Woolwich, which we have a soft spot for, won it in 2014, as did the restored Cutty Sark in 2012, which we found particularly cruel, given all it’s been through), so we’re taking it with a pinch of salt.
But however you feel about it’s steely exterior with flashes of raging ruby red, we all know that beauty is on the inside. The building hosts a collection of 170 beautiful apartments, including an enviable four-bedroom duplex penthouse that’s now on the market for £20 million.
The penthouse, interior designed by Bowler James Brindley with bespoke furnishings, features a giant stairway in the centre of the apartment that’s large enough to assemble an entire orchestra. It leads to a second floor dedicated to entertaining with a large kitchen-diner and generous sitting room. There’s also a large roof terrace with views towards Buckingham Palace and central London.
The building also offers exclusive facilities for residents including a 9th floor landscaped communal roof garden, lounge, gym, cinema, business centre and 24hr concierge.
Located right on the doorstep of Buckingham Palace, a stone’s throw from Belgravia and within walking distance of Pimlico, Knightsbridge and Mayfair, Nova Victoria is London’s newest, sparkliest destination for busy Londoners striving for that higher end work/life balance.