TQ3282 : Golden Lane Estate, Goswell Road (2)

taken 7 years ago, near to Shoreditch, Islington, Great Britain

Golden Lane Estate, Goswell Road (2)
Golden Lane Estate, Goswell Road (2)
Great Arthur House is definitely the estate's eyecatcher due to its size and bright yellow curtain walling (aluminium-framed and the same system as that used on Routemaster buses). When built it was London's tallest residential tower as height restrictions had only recently been relaxed. The oversailing bit at the top - an architectural self-indulgence perhaps - conceals a water tank (TQ3282 : Detail of Great Arthur House (2)). Grade II listed.
The estate was the first stage in the Corporation of London's plan to reverse its depopulation as a result of the war (it was built on land ravaged by bombing) - later stages would include the redevelopment of the Barbican and London Wall. The architects chosen after a competition were Chamberlin, Powell & Bon and work commenced in 1952. A total of 1,400 flats were built, mostly intended for single people and couples working in the City. There is plenty of concrete - Le Corbusier was cited as an influence - and not a lot of greenery, but the ten blocks were thoughtfully, and colourfully, designed, and the estate is generally considered to be one of the most successful of the many post-war public housing schemes. It is now listed.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 14 May, 2011   (more nearby)
Sunday, 4 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3219 8206 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.3197N 0:5.7628W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3214 8204
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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1950s-1970s Architecture  Listed Building 

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