A pop-up gallery in Mayfair considers the real and the fake

A new-build block of 32 apartments in Mayfair is launching with one penthouse open for viewings still in its raw, ‘core and shell’ state.

PLP Architecture’s 60 Curzon has interiors – including four show apartments – by Thierry Despont, the lauded French-born, NYC-based designer and architect who died in 2023. But property developer Valouran want to show prospective buyers not just the finished articles but the work-in-progress fifth-floor penthouse, complete with builders’ markings on the walls.

pictures amongst scaffolding

Christopher Wool’s ‘Rip Rig Panic’ (2001)

(Image credit: Michal Brzezinski)

Instead of showing the penthouse as a bare shell, it has a short lifespan as an art gallery. “Launching the building to the world properly, we wanted to do some events there,” says Alex Michelin, co-founder of Valouran. “We think it’s a really cool space, more arresting than a flat that’s beautifully done.”

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