3 Bedroom flat
In my opinion these flats are the best layout of all the Barbican flat types. And I should know, I was lucky enough to live in one when I first moved to London. What started as kind hearted gesture “I have a room in my flat you can stay in for a bit if you have nowhere to live” by then Art Director of GQ magazine, Tony Chambers (now editor of Wallpaper), turned into 7 years, until I eventually evicted myself and moved to neighbouring Golden Lane Estate.
It was during these seven years that my love affair with the Barbican and modernist architecture began.
As soon as you walk into one of these flats (known as a type 35) I guarantee you will will say ‘wow’. You come into a jaw-dropping double-height living room, and it’s big and it’s full of light and it’s just terrific.
Leading off the living room is a dining room, which can be closed off with concertina doors (which never seem to work that well actually). Off the dining room is the galley kitchen, and in this case it’s original. In fact the whole of this flat seems to be pretty much original. The uncarpeted floor and mucky walls make it look in a lot worse condition than it actually is.
Also on the ground floor, you will find a double bedroom with built-in storage and access to the downstairs balcony. There is also a bathroom and a separate WC.
Up the stairs (which have been painted white in this case, so you will need to strip them to reveal a lovely warm teak — I think it’s teak anyway) there are two further bedrooms, one is double height barrel vaulted, and both with access to a really generous terrace. There’s also a bathroom, again double height barrel vaulted.
God I want this flat!
View the listing here.