Architect: Berthold Lubetkin
Spa Green Estate, London EC1
“We will deliberately create exhilaration” Berthold Lubetkin
A two-bedroom ex-Local Authority flat with west-facing balcony on the sought-after Spa Green Estate in Clerkenwell. Built in 1949 to a design by the renowned Modernist architect Berthold Lubetkin, the estate has been given a prestigious Grade II* listing by English Heritage in recognition of its architectural significance.
The flat is located on the fourth floor of Wells House (there is lift access). It has two double bedrooms, a bathroom and separate WC, a reception room with access to the balcony, and a kitchen which largely retains the original units and service hatch. The flat has timber floors, including original parquet in the hallway and the bedrooms, with quarry tiles in the kitchen and bathroom and a lot of the original Bakelite door handles. The heating and hot water are run off a communal system and included in the service charge.
Conceived as public housing, the Spa Green Estate has a mixture of council tenants and private owners. It was the subject of an exemplary refurbishment in 2008 that restored the original colour scheme, which recalls Lubetkin’s contacts with Russian Constructivism.
The Spa Green Estate occupies a site between Rosebery Avenue and St John Street. It is within a short walk of Angel Underground station (Northern Line), as well as the shops, restaurants and pubs of Islington and Clerkenwell. There are local buses to the West End, the City and Waterloo. Exmouth Market and Amwell Street have many good bars, restaurants and independent shops. There are several small parks in the area, including Middleton Square, Spa Fields and St James’ Church Garden.
Lease: 125 years from 1983
Ground Rent: £10pa
Freeholder: Islington Council
Service charge: Approx £1839 pa (includes heating and hot water, general estate repairs including lighting, entryphone, management fee, lift maintenance)
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.
Berthold Lubetkin (1901-1990) was one of the most important figures of the Modern Movement. Born in Georgia in 1901, he studied in Berlin and Paris, before moving to London in 1931. The following year he founded the famous Tecton practice with the Architectural Association graduates Anthony Chitty, Lindsay Drake, Michael Dugdale, Valentine Harding, Godfrey Samuel and Francis Skinner.
Amongst Tecton’s first commissions, led by Lubetkin, were the iconic penguin pool and gorilla house for London Zoo – both unique early examples of Modernism in the UK. Lubetkin and Tecton’s buildings went on to become some of the most iconic of the period, and include private houses in Sydenham, one of the UK’s only Modernist terraces in Plumstead, south London, Finsbury Health Centre and the Highpoint apartments in Highgate. The latter is described by the architectural historian Alan Powers as “perhaps the single most celebrated Modernist building of the 1930s in London.”
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