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On the market: Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1

Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1
Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1

Now this really is something special. Not just any apartment, this is a reworked five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1.

Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1
Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1

We say ‘reworked’ because this substantial apartment was originally the Estate Office. However, it was (relatively) recently turned into a living space by Ken Mackay, who oversees the Mackay + Partners practice, alongside Tracey Wiles of Make Architects. The end result is stunning.

Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1
Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1

Thankfully the original look and feel of the building hasn’t been lost. This conversion has picked out the key original features of the building, including the Barbican concrete and double-height ceilings, using them alongside some cutting edge contemporary design to great effect. The purists should appreciate it, as should anyone with a love of modern-era design.

Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1
Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1

Plenty of premium fixtures and finishes too (as you probably would expect), including audiovisual equipment by Ideaworks, Lutron lighting, Crestron control and surround-sound speakers  and a Dada kitchen with Gaggenau and Bosch appliances.

Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1
Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1

You access the house through a courtyard garden, with a Corten steel water fountain built into the stairs. Open somedouble doors and you enter the open-plan living room and dining area with the incredibly high ceilings, plus exposed concrete walls and pillars.

Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1
Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1

Follow a corridor and you pass a ’nook’ for relaxing before arriving at a white and gloss-black kitchen. Beyond that is a guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom along with a utility space.

Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1
Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1

If you continue clockwise you encounter three more bedrooms and a family bathroom. The latter, according to the agent, features ‘the original experiments to the finish of the concrete using different amounts of aggregate’, along with notes made in pencil. Definitely a talking point.

Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1
Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1

Head to the upper level and you will find a large ‘semi-open-plan’ master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and large en-suite bathroom.

Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1
Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1

You really need to check out all the images to really understand this place, which you can do at the agent’s site. If you want it, you’ll need to dig deep or get lucky on the Lotto. This place is up for £4,500,000.

Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1
Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1

Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit their website.

Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1
Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1
Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1
Five-bedroom apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican building in London EC1

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