As a brutal-enthusiast-ist when I saw the opportunity to tour Balfron Tower appear on the National Trust website I almost cried cemented tears. Before the grade II listed building – the predecessor to his famous Trellick Tower – designed by Ernö Goldfinger is refurbished, the National Trust have revamped Flat 130 where he lived. Goldfinger lived in the building for 2 months to prove the desirability and practicality of high rise living, which was intended to offer modernity to those trapped in overcrowded ghettos and slums.
This pop-up presents a rare chance for people to see the true identity of a dissonant yet exuberant structure, which has moulded the sky and towered over all for 47 years. The National Trust commissioned the Hemingways to furnish the property to a standard relevant to the 1960s, but it’s the little details that are left, like the door handles and small light switches which really create the atmosphere.
Tickets for the tour cost £12 for adults and £10 for students and last a worthwhile 75 minutes – but be quick it’s only open for two weeks, October 1st until October 12th. Buy them here.