Balfron Tower Carmen Street In a joint venture with Poplar HARCA and London Newcastle, Telford Homes is collaborating with Studio Egret West and Ab Rogers Design to comprehensively and sensitively restore, this Grade 2 listed residential landmark. Balfron Tower was designed by the late Hungarian architect Erno Goldfinger and originally completed in 1967. Studio Egret West showflat, styled by 2LG, Ab Rogers showflat, styled in collaboration with Blue Farrier. So we’re all an expert at something and a novice at something else. Ernö Goldfinger’s 27-storey Balfron Tower in east London had fallen into disrepair and out of favour. Goldfinger’s Grade II*-listed Balfron Tower and to the 19th century Coal Drops in King’s Cross. The site at ground level, prior to our work, Our vision for the communal facilities - CGIs by Binyan Studios. Finishes vary, but all the flats have underfloor heating, sprinkler systems and generous balconies. Working with joint venture partners, Poplar HARCA and Telford Homes, and architects, Studio Egret West together with Ab Rogers Design, the project will preserve and restore 146 apartments in this renowned Brutalist Grade II* listed tower. Tower Hamlets council voted unanimously in favour of refurbishment plans for the 27-storey Brutalist building, drawn up by Studio Egret West and Ab Rogers Design.. We have a lot in common, but it’s our differences that make our Studio the intensely social, productive place it is. It is the largest block belonging to the Brownfield Estate in Poplar. And, alongside Ab Rogers Design, we’ve rethought the layout and design of the rest of the internal spaces, both private and communal. Studio Egret West founding director Christophe Egret said the practice was surprised by the C20 Society’s reaction to the removal of scaffolding from Balfron Tower. There’s also a partnership with artist Ryan Gander, who has developed a set of doormats, door numbers and doorbell sounds, all based on original Goldfinger documents. Designed by modernist architect Ernő Goldfinger in 1967, it forms a bold presence in London’s East End. Residents now have access to a cinema room, table-tennis room, yoga room, dining room, library, workshop and gym. The architectural elements of Balfron Tower are being handled by two London-based studios, led by SEW (Studio Egret West) with ARD (Ab Rogers Design) working on interiors. Completed in 1967 for the London County Council, the iconic Grade II*-listed brutalist block, has been under renovation for the last few years under the discerning eyes of englightened developer Londonewcastle, Studio Egret West (SEW) and Ab Rogers Design (ARD). As our cities become denser, more efficient and now increasingly controlled due to the implications of the coronavirus pandemic, so too grows the imperative for our wellbeing to introduce impromptu opportunities to engage playfully with our surroundings. The lifts are re-clad in polished concrete, stainless steel and birch plywood, opening up into refurbished lobbies with a bold graphic identity based on the building’s original signage and period colours. We are Studio Egret West. But upgrading the tower and rethinking the way it connects with its surroundings isn’t just about embodied energy and running costs. This significantly reduces the building’s carbon footprint and will ensure it performs well in the long term. Jake Curtis. Erno Goldfinger, 1965-7, Grade II*. Erno Goldfinger's brutalist Balfron Tower has been converted into luxury flats by Studio Egret West, but we're partly to blame says Owen Hatherley. Studio Egret West has been appointed as architects to realise the vision to give a new lease of life to the building and its surroundings. Studio Egret West’s approach to Balfron Tower has been informed by conservation; respecting the external fabric of the building, restoring the internal communal spaces and reinstating the concrete cornice and chimneys. The knock-on effects are social, economic and environmental. Tags Balfron Tower Ernő Goldfinger Housing Poplar Refurbishment Twentieth Century Society ​Studio Egret West Designed by the modernist architect Erno Goldfinger in 1967, the building has been restored by collaborative design team, Studio Egret West and Ab Rogers Design, with a view to bring it up to 21st century standards. 1160 - Balfron Tower. To transform the 27-storey building into a modern residence, Studio Egret West and Ab Rogers Design are each responsible for the design of 50 per cent of the homes. Walls have come down to suit the way we live now, and the apartments has been brought fully up to date. London «BACK TO GALLERY. Our approach has been one of ‘constructive conservation’ and of respect for the Brutalist aesthetics. It isn’t just about the tower but about the whole estate. We've also re-instated and decluttered the public square at the base of the tower to create a place for children to play, for adults to sit, and for the wider community to gather. Architects Studio Egret West (SEW) and Ab Rogers Design (ARD) have overseen the update, with Brody Associates creating signage and graphic identity. Collect Project . More about our process New concept designs for Smithfield East & West Market buildings and Rotunda unveiled. Meanwhile, Ab Rogers Design used bolder mid-century-influenced hues – a charcoal grey kitchen matched with icy blue flooring, white walls, plus an impactful red bathroom ceiling. Balfron Tower was designed by legendary architect Erno Goldfinger, and constructed in 1967. Architects: Studio Egret West and Ab Rogers Design. The Balfron Tower proposals developed by Studio Egret West are linked with the sale of the block onto the private market. Architect, 50/50 Interior Architecture Role with Ab Rogers Design, and Landscape Architect. Client: LondoNewcastle Architect: Studio Egret West. Studio Egret West’s approach to Balfron Tower has been informed by conservation; respecting the external fabric of the building, restoring the internal communal spaces, and reinstating the concrete cornice and chimneys. Guided by Goldfinger’s original vision, we’ve worked with developers Londonewcastle, with Historic England and with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to bring the tower into the twenty-first century. The divisions between private and public spaces have been softened. Ab Rogers showflat, styled in collaboration with Blue Farrier London’s brutalist Balfron Tower designed by Ernö Goldfinger is brought back to life by architects including Studio Egret West and Brody Associates Completed in 1967, the Balfron Tower, as well as the low-rise Carradale House alongside it, remains one of the best-known works of the legendary modernist provocateur Ernö Goldfinger. Client: LondoNewcastle Architect: Studio Egret West. Erno Goldfinger's brutalist Balfron Tower has been converted into luxury flats by Studio Egret West, but we're partly to blame says Owen Hatherley. It is now Grade II* Listed, and there’s a renewed appreciation of Brutalist buildings like this one. Balfron Tower, a Grade II Listed 27-storey building, is an iconic symbol of ‘Brutalist’ architecture, designed by the celebrated architect Ernö Goldfinger in the 1960s. Our approach has been one of ‘constructive conservation’ and of respect for the Brutalist aesthetics. Inside, the 146 flats feel spacious and light, with a choice of remodelled open-plan interiors created by designer Ab Rogers, son of architect Richard Rogers, and Studio Egret West. Erno Goldfinger’s iconic Balfron Tower will get its controversial revamp after planning permission was granted last week. Collect Project . We’ve remodelled the existing access corridors to make them open and bright. By prioritising community spaces and encouraging chance meetings and organised events, we’ve given people reasons to come together and reasons to get to know one another. London. Places that cultivate sustainable communities, amplify nature, prioritise the public realm, and evolve over time. As you approach the tower, a beam of light shepherds you safely across the drawbridge, towards the entrance and into the building. Studio Egret West’s approach to Balfron Tower has been informed by conservation; respecting the external fabric of the building, restoring the internal communal spaces, and reinstating the concrete cornice and chimneys. We're … 10/14 High end finishes . London. After careful restoration, Balfron Tower has a new lease of life to take it into its second half-century. Completed in 1967 for the London County Council, the iconic Grade II*-listed brutalist block, has been under renovation for the last few years under the discerning eyes of englightened developer Londonewcastle, Studio Egret West (SEW) and Ab Rogers Design (ARD). Balfron Tower. Our work on Balfron Tower has been an exercise in making the most of the embodied energy of the existing materials and respecting Goldfinger’s legacy. Balfron Tower is a 26-storey, Grade II* listed building designed by brutalist architect Erno Goldfinger in 1967. A couple of colourful doors to two show apartments have opened in Ernö Goldfinger’s 27-storey Balfron Tower in London. They also have access to the roof to grow vegetables and fruit, and to make the most of the impressive views. Balfron Tower, a Grade II Listed 27-storey building, is an iconic symbol of ‘Brutalist’ architecture, designed by the celebrated architect Ernö Goldfinger in the 1960s. A complete aesthetic renovation of the Grade II* listed, 26-storey building was carried out to create a total of 146 residential apartments. Studio Egret West and Ab Rogers Design, we have developed solutions that will enable the fabric of the … Exterior photos: Studio Egret West. WHEN Ernő Goldfinger built Balfron Tower in east London in 1967, he encapsulated the post-war theme of creating residential ‘streets in the sky’. A restoration of Ernö Goldfinger’s 1967 iconic modernist design for Balfron Tower in collaboration with Studio Egret West and Brody Associates. Jake Curtis Studio Egret West has been refurbishing Ernő Goldfinger’s 1960s Grade II*-listed building, working with interior designer Ab Rogers. The Studio Egret West scheme involved the replacement of all of the windows, with the new units following a simplified fenestration pattern and a complete change of material and colour. We design and curate places with compelling narratives and identities, places that are firmly rooted in their context and grow naturally out of it. Working with joint venture partners, Poplar HARCA and Telford Homes, and architects, Studio Egret West together with Ab Rogers Design, the project will preserve and restore 146 apartments in this renowned Brutalist Grade II* listed tower. As part of the stock transfer Offer from Tower Hamlets Council, Poplar HARCA promised to renovate the building internally and externally. One of each of the original flat typologies has been reinstated to Goldfinger’s original layout, preserving his original vision for future generations. Studio Egret West and Ab Rogers Design, we have developed solutions that will enable the fabric of the … Balfron Tower show apartment by 2LG Back to Case Studies Located in East London, this Grade II* listed Brutalist residential tower is currently being brought back to life by developer Londonewcastle , and architects Studio Egret West who have been part of a renovation … The first residents are expected to move in next spring. But, unlike many other high-rise blocks of the era which have long-since crumbled, Goldfinger’s vision has stood the test of time. Studio Egret West appointed to Transport for London's latest design and engineering framework. The covers have started to come off at east London’s Balfron Tower and the Twentieth Century Society doesn’t like what it sees. 27 Oct 2015 – The Twentieth Century Society has called for the scrapping of plans by Studio Egret West and Ab Rogers to revamp Erno Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower. Said scheme has also been approved , … A restoration of Ernö Goldfinger’s 1967 iconic modernist design for Balfron Tower in collaboration with Studio Egret West and Brody Associates. That keeps the conversation flowing and the ideas coming. 1160 - Balfron Tower. Places that cultivate sustainable communities, amplify nature, prioritise the public realm, and evolve over time. Balfron Tower is a collection of 146, one, two, three and four bedroom apartments in one of London's most iconic brutalist buildings, located within the heart of Poplar and its regeneration area. Ab Rogers Design and Studio Egret West have combined restoration, creativity and collaboration to design the interiors of two show apartments in one of London’s most iconic residential towers Ab Rogers Design show apartment at the Balfron Tower. Balfron Tower is a collection of 146, one, two, three and four bedroom apartments in one of London's most iconic brutalist buildings, located within the heart of Poplar and its regeneration area. LOCATION. We’ve given residents a more sustainable way of living – in greener, healthier surroundings. Designed in 1967 by legendary architect Ernö Goldfinger, the Grade II* listed building was lauded as one of the era’s most innovative examples of residential design. We’ve preserved and celebrated Balfron Tower, improved the setting of next-door Carradale House – also by Goldfinger – and enhanced the Balfron Tower Conservation Area. The scheme would strip out all the existing flat plans – except for A couple of colourful doors to two show apartments have opened in Ernö Goldfinger’s 27-storey Balfron Tower in London. Studio Egret West and Ab RogersDesign are each responsible for designing half of the 146 new residences, which range in size from one- to four-bedroom. Balfron Tower, Brownfield Estate, Poplar. To make the entrance lobby a more inviting space, we’ve reconfigured the core, lifts and refuse chutes. Inside, the 146 flats feel spacious and light, with a choice of remodelled open-plan interiors created by designer Ab Rogers, son of architect Richard Rogers, and Studio Egret West. We design and curate places with compelling narratives and identities, places that are firmly rooted in their context and grow naturally out of it. Balfron Tower was built between 1965 and 1967 and was Grade II-listed in 1996, a designation upgraded to Grade II* in October 2015. 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