A Taste Of 1960’s London With Perronet House

As any Londoner can vouch, it’s hardly a secret that Elephant and Castle is going through a period of transformation – but among the contemporary new builds popping up are some mid-century modernist gems. One such example is Perronet House: a significant building, instantly recognisable if you frequent the south London area, designed in the 1960s by architect Sir Roger Walters. Perronet House, commissioned by GLC, was built for Southwark Council in 1969. It was part of a wave of change of Elephant and Castle: the area was being redeveloped – just as it is again today. Boissevain & Osmond’s much-missed shopping centre, the country’s first of its fully enclosed design, opened in the area in 1965. In the spring of 1970, the very first residents moved into Perronet House. The modernist block, which looks over the famous roundabout, is an exemplar case of Walters’ work. While high-rise buildings were going up all over the city in the mid-20th century, Walters dismissed their towering structures and made a case for more subtle designs. You can’t help but swoon over the original bare-brick interior and characterful tiling of the communal hallways you pass to reach the apartment. What a wonderful home, the white walls are a blank canvas for any future owner, while the bamboo flooring, sky-blue kitchen and original steel-framed Crittall windows provide the personality. And forget ‘room with a view’; here it’s the whole apartment, from which you can see the London Eye, the Shard and the BT Tower, among many other famous London landmarks. But our real highlight is the configuration of the space. The split-level apartment is built to a clever upside-down, with the bedrooms on the building’s eighth floor, and the living space upstairs on the tenth. (It’s also somewhat scissor-shaped – the intervening ninth floor is a staircase.) The east-facing living space is flooded with beautiful morning sunshine, while the west-facing bedrooms get breathtaking views of the sunset over the London skyline. The very definition, then, of best of both. See the full listing Themodernhouse.com

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