Poplar's Brutalist Balfron Tower becomes National Trust property

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Poplar's Brutalist Balfron Tower becomes National Trust property
7th October 2014

It’s not everybody’s idea of a tourist attraction. But the National Trust have started to add 1960s concrete designs to their portfolio of properties.

The Brutalist looming architecture of the 1965 concrete tower block of Balfron Tower in Poplar has become just that.  

The description of Brutalist comes from the French word ‘brut’ with denotes the grey concrete design featured through many buildings from the sixties.

It’s bleak exterior is apparently part of its charm.

Programme Director of the National Trust Joseph Watson said: "It's not beautiful…but it does feel like it's a very important moment for us to re-examine and to celebrate."

The famous James Bond villain was based on the architect Ernő Goldfinger. 


We were joined in the studio by Tilly Hemmingway who explained what went into recreating 1960s London in Flat 130 and shared her love of Brutalist architecture.

Goldfinger lived in the building, in Flat 130, and was infamous for throwing lavish champagne parties while he lived there.

The National Trust has now started tours of the building, which is still residential, but the top floor has gone back in time. 

The whole level has been re-fitted to replicate the 60s exterior to the way it would have been furnished in its original form.

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