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A recently renovated one bedroom flat in Grade II* listed Crescent House on Golden Lane Estate, designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. The apartment is situated on the top floor of the building, and benefits from a barrel-vaulted ceiling, inspired by Le Corbusier's Maisons Jaoul. The flat is presented in immaculate condition, having undergone a sympathetic restoration and upgrade by its architect-owner, whilst retaining the mid-century aesthetic of the original architecture.
Entered on the third floor, it opens into a compact lobby. To the left is the newly installed fitted kitchen with a restored wood worktop and a partly glazed screen between the kitchen and dining area — incorporating a serving hatch and storage. To the right of the hall is a modern bathroom that benefits from a shower, bath and concealed storage.
The living space offers ample room for a dining table and sofa. Original built-in bookshelves are incorporated under the windows. A three-quarter height partition (with integral uplighters) and sliding doors separate the sleeping area. Additionally, the owners have ingeniously installed plywood sliding doors to create a study area. Cork flooring with underfloor heating runs throughout.
—The property is available from 14 February 2022
—Rent is exclusive of bills, and it is offered unfurnished.
Residents have access to the Golden Lane Estate swimming pool, tennis and badminton courts at preferential rates. There is a Waitrose supermarket close by, and the Barbican Arts Centre is also within walking distance. Clerkenwell, Smithfield Market, Farringdon and Old Street are all within short walking distance and have a fantastic selection of restaurants, pubs and bars.
There are several Underground stations within very close proximity: Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines) and Old Street (Northern Line) and Farringdon Underground (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines) and British Rail station are also within walking distance. The new Farringdon Crossrail Station will be a welcome addition to the area, giving direct access to four of London's International Airports.
Award-winning Golden Lane Estate was the result of a competition, held in 1951 by City of London, to design housing on a heavily bombed site on the southern border of Finsbury. The competition attracted 178 entries, but the winning entry was by Geoffry Powell (1920–1999). Powell joined forces with his colleagues Peter (Joe) Chamberlin (1919–1978) and Christof Bon (1921–1999) and commenced on their first housing project. They later went on to design the neighbouring Barbican Estate.
The architects embraced an innovative approach to design, rejecting the traditional urban forms such as streets lined with houses. The scheme comprises nine blocks —incorporating shops, a pub, a community centre, a swimming pool, tennis courts, courtyards, a fish pond and underground car parking. The first phase of the estate was officially opened in 1957, with the last phase completed in 1962. The estate was popular from the off and the first residents to move in included an architect, a doctor, nurses and teachers.
Crescent House was the final building to be completed – in 1962 – and is a defining element of the estate’s special architectural interest. It marked a critical point in the evolution of Chamberlin, Powell and Bon’s architectural language and informed the language of the architects’ later adjacent Barbican Estate.
The estate was given Grade II Listed building status in 1997 with the exception of Crescent House which is Grade II*.