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For two weeks only in October 2014, the National Trust opened Flat 130 in the Balfron Tower, Poplar, East London, to the public.

Designed by modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger, and finished in 1967, Flat 130 is the flat that Goldfinger himself lived in for 2 months in 1968.

For this pop-up opening, the interior was furnished by designers, Wayne and Tilly Hemingway, in the style of a 1968 period flat.

The National Trust already cares for Goldfinger’s own home in Hampstead, 2 Willow Road, so the Balfron Tower was the logical choice for the Trust’s first foray into Brutalism.

The National Trust is not acquiring the Balfron Tower. The building is owned and managed by Poplar HARCA and is being prepared for extensive refurbishment.

A specially-written guidebook to post-war Poplar, Balfron Tower, and the recreation of Flat 130 has been published. It is available as a pdf on request.

More information at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/london

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