Patricia Urquiola makes her London residential debut this year with The Lincoln Square development in Bloomsbury. Due for completion later this year, the project by developers Lodha has been realised by PLP Architecture as a ten-storey residential block sitting firmly in the buzz of academia row – a cultural hub of literature, law, medicine and the arts.

Urquiola has designed the amenities at Lincoln Square – 17,000 sq ft of luxury, sophistication and warmth in the form of a pool, spa (with ice and mist showers), cinema, private club, snooker room, an on-site library and children’s play area. Each space exudes Urquiola expertise in seamlessly melding materials; bronze mesh gilding can be found in both ceilings and room dividers, while a mix of coloured glass, timber and marble create opulence throughout the spaces.

Patricia Urquiola Sand time

Patricia Urquiola’s limited edition sand timer for Lincon Square

‘At Lodha we pride ourselves on working with the best designers in the world,’ says Gabriel York, managing director of Lodha UK. Urquiola’s spaces join interiors by design agency Bowler James Brindley, while landscape architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman (responsible for Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park) will realise the residents’ private courtyard.

‘It was in the process of designing various aspects of Lincoln Square that I immersed myself in the world in which this beautiful building sits – not just physically, but also in an abstract way,’ says Urquiola. ‘The cultural landscape of London is one of the most exciting anywhere. It’s a city that makes you feel alive and is full of the riches of life.’

The twice crowned Wallpaper* Designer of the Year has also launched 30 limited-edition sculptural sand timers, each uniquely blown in Murano glass to celebrate the warmth and sensuality of the residential development. ‘This project made me more aware of the luxury of time, the investment we make in our education and in our understanding of culture and history,’ Urquiola explains. ‘The privilege we have in being able to expand our minds in these ways, is made possible by the luxury of time’.§