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21 May 2010

Find Ernő Goldfinger's other tower

It's over a year now since we looked at Ernő Goldfinger's Trellick Tower, a brutalist masterpiece in West London which your author finds useful for navigating the Notting Hill Carnival, and telling he's nearly at Paddington, but it is easy to forget that Goldfinger created a very similar tower before Trellick in Poplar, in the East End.

Balfron Tower, a Grade II listed building, is 27 storeys tall and stands tall beside the entrance to the Blackwall Tunnel. Designed by Ernő Goldfinger in 1963, it was built between 1965 and 1967 and contains 146 homes. Carradale House, built shortly afterwards beside the tower, complements it well in the same style.

Shady Old Lady tells us that Goldfinger was so proud of the tower so much that he stayed for months on the 26th floor to show his faith in the design, throwing lavish parties for his friends and family, and other residents.

For more on Balfron Tower, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balfron_Tower

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