Solve the mystery of where to live
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.