If you have eyes on a move to the Barbican Estate, you might want to check out the show apartment in the newly-renovated Blake Tower.
It’a a new development in an old brutalist building. The fourth grade II-listed high rise on the Estate was originally designed by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon as a youth hostel back in the late 1960s, but last year it was announced that the building would be converted to more premium living spaces.
That has come to pass, with 74 high-end, two and three-bedroom apartments being created in the block, the work of Redrow London in conjunction with Conran + Partners, the latter describing the development as a collection of apartments which have ‘a modern heritage’.
If you want to see how things are progressing, you can do just that with the opening of a show apartment, which will hopefully show a mix of the original 1960s brutalism, not least the exposed concrete, with more contemporary interior design fixtures and fittings.
According to Wallpaper, a brass screen in the show apartment’s reception and bespoke terrazzo bathroom vanity units ‘echo the curved shape of the Barbican’s distinctive balustrades’, while the door handles ‘reference the estate’s renowned central water fountain, Frobisher Crescent’.
The apartments range from 450 sq. ft. to over 2,000 sq. ft. and take in views of the London skyline as an added selling point. Work is expected to be finished this year, but you can find out more at the Redrow website right now as well as being able to see more images and and enquire about viewings.