If you want to entertain yourself for 20 minutes, have a look at this archive mini movie about the Barbican called Barbican 1969. If that whets your appetite to reside there, check out this Type 20 apartment in Speed House on the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican Estate, London EC2.
New to the market, this Type 20 apartment is on the second floor of the grade II-listed building, which was the first terrace block erected at the Barbican in 1969. Its stark modernist architecture is definitely something you’ll love or hate, but the interior is an altogether more ‘soft’ affair.
Talking of that interior, that’s a mix of original features and sympathetic updating, offering a double bedroom with original built-in cupboard and access to a fire escape / balcony, an original bathroom (with freshly grouted tiles) and separate WC with Barbican sink plus a kitchen with original units, using modern appliances, which is partly open-plan to the L-shaped reception room / dining room. That large room also has has triple-width, full-height sliding doors to a balcony / fire escape with south-facing views over the gardens. Also worth pointing out is the sliding door in the reception room, which can be pulled across to create a separate study or guest sleeping area.
All residents have access to communal gardens throughout the development too, which is another key selling point of this place. If you want to check it out for yourself, there is a viewing day on Saturday 16th November 2013. If you want to buy it, £850,000 is the asking price.