PaulOfHorsham's photos with the Erno Goldfinger

Token greenery

Token greenery
Balfron Tower is arranged such that residents get a sunset view over Central London to the west (subject to there being an actual sunset on the day of course). These days, The Shard provides striking reflections earlier in the day as well.
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Directory

Directory
Sign above the lifts in the ground floor lobby
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To adjust the heating

To adjust the heating
An original feature in one of the rooms of the "Home Bodies" works
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3 bar heater

3 bar heater
Some flats have great need of all the heating they can get; others not so much, apparently
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Down the stairs

Down the stairs
Traipsing down the stairs to find more studios
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Up the stairs

Up the stairs
One of the artists I had a chance to speak to told me that she had only known both lifts to be simultaneously defective twice in the 8 months or so she had lived there, so she may not be so familiar with this view.
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London murky

London murky
An ironic description of some of the new London beers re-purposed for the "view" from the upper floors
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Behind bars

Behind bars
Getting up close to the filthy windows.

I love the effect and I'm glad the picture has come out as I remember it.
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A street in the sky

A street in the sky
These run at every 3rd floor on the east side of the building. Why only every 3rd floor? Well, the flats are arranged such that some are on a single floor, while others have internal stairs either up or down. We were able to see examples of each.
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Balcony view

Balcony view
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Flat that goes up

Flat that goes up
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Corridors of no power

Corridors of no power
An example showing how decayed the building is appearing these days. This will no doubt be jazzed up with LED lights and the concrete covered over for the nouveau riche who will be appearing in a couple of years.
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Letting some light in

Letting some light in
With a bit of light flooding in, maybe it doesn't look so bad
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Ripped out

Ripped out
One of the artists in residence has a photographic exhibit of flats after the previous residents have moved out, some of whom feel that they are being evicted in order that the area can be gentrified as is the case with so many traditional working-class a…
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Balfron Tower

Balfron Tower
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24 storeys

24 storeys
On my visit, the plan that emerged was a lift to the top (the 24th floor), visit a few artists, then make my way down the stairs to see what was occurring on the other levels.
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Brown stained

Brown stained
It's all concrete
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Service tower

Service tower
This contains a pair of lifts, drying rooms now redundant and empty, and a boiler room at the top to provide heating to the whole building. This feature is, according to one person I spoke to, erratically effective, with some rooms overheated and others l…
Added on September 21, 2014