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DescriptionThis immaculate one-bedroom apartment in Grade II* listed Keeling House, designed by Sir Denys Lasdun, is situated on the 5th floor with spectacular views across the city. The flat has been comprehensively refurbished by its current architect-owner and offers a clean and contemporary interior with a range of practical and premium benefits. The bespoke kitchen contains a range of high-end appliances including a Quooker hot water tap, Smeg slimline integrated dishwasher, concealed washing machine, quartz worktops and an abundance of built-in storage. The kitchen island provides further storage, and a cleverly designed adjoining oak tabletop serves as a versatile dining area with panoramic views over the city. Crittall-style sliding doors with reeded glazing lead to the bathroom and bedroom respectively. The shower room comprises a spacious walk-in shower with Grohe fittings. The bedroom has an open wardrobe and wall-hung drawers with a large parcel shelf over the bed for bulky storage (suitcases etc). The bedroom and living area boasts an oak parquet floor while the hallway and kitchen feature brick red quarry tiles; the owner discovered the original kitchen contained quarry tiles during the extensive refurbishment. There is underfloor heating throughout the apartment, separated into room-by-room zones for personalised, controlled heating. Keeling House benefits from a concierge on 8am – 4pm weekdays, as well as excellent security, a bike store and access to a gated car park.
— The apartment is available from 1 August 2023
— Offered furnished
Keeling House is conveniently situated on the border of Bethnal Green and Hackney and is within easy access to a range of coffee shops, renowned restaurants, bars, and unique independent stores. Broadway Market, The Regents Canal, and Columbia Road's famous flower market are also within walking distance and are in close proximity to green open spaces including Haggerston Park, Hackney City Farm, Victoria Park, and London Fields. Claredale Street is ideally located within easy walking distance of both Bethnal Green underground (Central Line) and Cambridge Heath overground, there are also good bus links.
The East End of London had traditionally been an area with strong ties and values, but following the damage caused by the Second World War but these were beginning to disappear. In an attempt to retain these ties Sir Denys Lasdun (1914–2001), one of Britain’s most celebrated architects, offered an alternative to the typical slab blocks that were being built by local authorities in the 1950s. He essentially stood the traditional Victorian Street on its head by placing maisonettes on top of each other to create a ‘cluster block’. In a cluster block, all the noisy services such as the lifts, rubbish chutes, stairs and drying platforms are placed in a central core which has maisonette units grouped in four pairs around it. Having a small footprint, Keeling House required the demolishing of only six houses, therefore, avoiding disruption to the existing street pattern or character.
Completed in 1959, Keeling House stands sixteen storeys high, all the flats were maisonettes except on the fifth floor (the maximum height of a fireman’s ladder) where there are one-bedroom flats. In 1993 Keeling was Grade II* listed—the first tower block to be given such status. It was sold in 1999 to private developers who commissioned architects Munkenbeck + Marshall, with the approval of Lasdun, to refurbish the building. The highly praised renovation earned a RIBA award and a Civic Trust commendation.
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