Solve the mys­tery of where to live

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - News -

MANY peo­ple would kill for a flat in the Isokon Build­ing, right, in Bel­size Park, once home to crimeme writer Agatha Christie, inset, and con­sid­ered a land­mark in Mod­ern Move­ment ar­chi­tec­ture. Now the onebed­room pent­house is for sale priced £950,000 with The Mod­ern House.

The Grade I-listed Thir­ties block was re­cently spruced up by John Al­lan and Fiona Lamb of Avanti Ar­chi­tects and Mag­nus Englund, co­founder of Skandium de­sign store. With the help of the Na­tional Trust, they in­stalled an ex­hi­bi­tion space telling the story of the block’s ar­chi­tec­ture, its fa­mous res­i­dents and the Isokon fur­ni­ture it spawned. The show­piece of the pent­house p is a south-fac­ing roof ro ter­race, far larger than the flat, which it­self has been re­vamped to a su­perb reimag­in­ing of the orig­i­nal de­sign. Rich birch-ve­neer pan­elling cov­ers the walls, while the floors are of honey-coloured tim­ber. Christie’s fel­low res­i­dents in the build­ing’s hey­day in­cluded Bauhaus founder Wal­ter Gropius, and the bar was a hang­out for in­tel­li­gentsia.

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