10179 is in Berlins leafy Mitte district. It plays host to the Brazilian Embassy, the Australian Embassy, and is soon to be the address of an exclusive block of apartments designed and directed by none other than Mario Testino.
Moving from photo magnate to property magnate has been an unlikely step for the Peruvian lens man, but he had the guidance of his godson Alexander Dellal, son of Andrea and sister to Charlotte and Alice. Its a brilliant opportunity to be able to work with Mario, Dellal a gallerist and property entrepreneur - told us last night at the launch of his exhibition, HOSTAGE with artist Alex Hoda. Berlin is such a cool city, the people are really engaged with culture and art on all levels, so its great to be working on something in such a creative place.
Along with girlfriend Charlotte Casiraghi (beautiful in Stella McCartney and Miu Miu sparkly shoes), Alexander's mum Andrea was there to support her son along with his sisters. 'I'm so lucky to have such talented children,' she glowed, 'I really am proud of each and every one of them.'
The building is an old Venetian palazzo which will be renovated and made into apartments. Apparently, there has been some hand holding for Marios latest endeavour, but Dellal is confident that the project will be a success. Whether the duo will stay true to the raw urban style that prevails in Berlin, or will bring Tes More