Architect: Denys Lasdun
Keeling House IISOLD
Claredale Street, London E2
Located on the ground floor of one of the finest Modernist apartment buildings in London, this two-bedroom maisonette has almost 900 sq ft of internal space, a patio garden and its own entrance. Keeling House was built between 1954 and 1957 to a design by Denys Lasdun, one of Britain’s greatest Modern architects, and was renovated to a very high standard by Munkenbeck + Marshall in 2001.
The apartment occupies what was originally the boiler room for the building. It is entered via a secure set of gates and its own front door adjacent to the communal entrance hall. Accommodation is set over three levels, to include an open-plan reception room and kitchen with high ceilings, a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a second double bedroom and a second bathroom. The decked patio runs along one side of the apartment, and is accessed via full-height glazed doors from the reception room.
Keeling House was given a Grade II* listing in 1993 in recognition of its architectural significance. Although originally built for council tenants, it was sold to a developer in 1999, and all of the flats are now in private ownership. The building has a concierge, and Hyperoptic broadband.
Claredale Street is very well positioned for both Columbia Road flower market and Broadway Market. Open space can be found at London Fields. Bethnal Green Underground station (Central Line) is approximately 500 metres away, providing easy access to Liverpool Street and the West End. Rail services are available from Cambridge Heath, and there are good bus links.
Denys Lasdun’s original design for Keeling House shunned the traditional slab block in favour of a winged plan (four blocks arrange around a central service tower), which encouraged the occupants to interact with each other. Munkenbeck + Marshall’s highly praised renovation earned an RIBA award and a Civic Trust commendation. The architects added a striking glass entrance area and an extra floor on top of the building.
Lease: approx. 984 years remaining
Service charge: approx. £4,782 per year (including hot water and sinking fund)
Ground rent: £100 per year
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.
Widely considered to be one of Britain’s greatest Modern architects, Denys Lasdun (1914-2001) is best known for his Brutalist icons, including London’s National Theatre and the Royal College of Physicians. Having studied at the Architectural Association in London, Lasdun went on to work with Wells Coates and Berthold Lubetkin before becoming a partner with Jane Drew, Maxwell Fry and Lindsay Drake at Fry, Drew, Drake and Lasdun in the 1950s. At this time Lasdun developed his distinctive ‘cluster blocks’ – flats grouped around a central tower – designing a number of developments in east London, including Keeling House.
During the 1960s and ’70s Lasdun also worked on a number of educational buildings, developing his recognisable vernacular of cubic towers, bare concrete and jutting foyers. As well as completing designs for Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park, Lasdun developed an acclaimed design for ziggurat-shaped halls at the University of East Anglia.
A true pioneer of modern British architecture, Lasdun’s designs were sometimes controversial. The now Grade II* listed Royal National Theatre, designed between 1967-76, was the most disputed of his projects, with its Brutal aesthetic polarising opinion amongst traditionalists.