So we’re buying a flat on the 22nd floor in EC London. These are the views form the kitchen in the evening, and from the bedroom in the morning, respectively.
The building is a post-Bauhaus/pre-Brutalism high-rise, the work of German architect Carl Ludwig Franck, who designed various buildings of this kind in London in the 1940s-60s, both as a freelance and a member of the radical architecture group Tecton.
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea (especially because it’s partly a local authority building, and suffers from the stigma of council estates) but we think it’s got style and a certain appeal. There’s some debate as to whether it - or its twin sister - features on the cover of The Streets’ album Original Pirate Material.
Because we may have views worthy of Don and Megan Draper’s Manhattan penthouse, but we’re keeping it real in a block that wouldn’t look out of place in The Wire.