Only the second time I have featured an apartment in Lauderdale Tower on the Barbican Estate, London EC2Y.
In fact, it has something of a similarity to the first one whilst being completely different at the same time. I know. That makes no sense at all.
What I mean is both were of a similar size and layout, but the finishes were vastly different. the one I featured back in 2016 was extensively renovated. this one is in fairly original condition and a little cheaper as a result.
Lauderdale Tower is one of the three Barbican towers, this one being the most westerly and offering 41 floors of accommodation. it was completed in 1974 to a design, like the rest of the estate, courtesy of Chamberlin, Powell and Bon.
It is one of the great brutalist towers and in light of brutalism’s resurgence in recent years, quite a sought after and desirable living space. Especially in light of the accommodation on offer here.
You are high in the sky with this one, sitting on the 20th floor and in an apartment that has been recently redecorated, but still with those much-loved original features intact.
Yes, the original Brooke Marine kitchen is here and in good order while both the bathroom and shower room still have their original fittings. Ok, the furniture might have changed, as well as the decor. But the former isn’t staying and the latter can be changed easily enough.
There is another selling point here too, one that isn’t always used when it comes to the Barbican. Living space.
Ok, you have to pay for it, but this one has a lot of floorspace compared to many of the Barbican flats I feature.
So alongside the kitchen area, laundry, bathroom and shower room you get a dual-aspect reception room with floor-to-ceiling windows facing both north and east and a wraparound balcony/fire exit with space for a table and chairs. In addition to that, the apartment has four double bedrooms, all facing north and all with fitted cupboards, along with floor to ceiling windows and doors leading to the balcony.
Of course, all that glazing and balcony space means great views too, not least because you are on the 20th floor. it should be quite something being greeted with the London skyline from that height each morning.
But as I hinted above, those views, that space and the Barbican address do come at a price. If you want to move in here, you will need access to something like £1,695,000.
Images and details courtesy of Frank Harris. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.