Isokon Building

Description
The Isokon building on Lawn Road, Hampstead, London NW3 (also known as The Lawn Road Flats), is a concrete block of 36 flats (originally 32), designed by architect Wells Coates for Molly and Jack Pritchard. The building opened on 9 July 1934 as an experiment in minimalist urban living. Most of the flats had very small kitchens as there was a large communal kitchen for the preparation of meals, connected to the residential floors via a dumb waiter. Services, including laundry and shoe-shining, were provided on site. The building originally included 24 studio flats, 8 one bedroom flats, staff quarters, a kitchen and a large garage. The Pritchards lived in a one bedroom penthouse flat at the top with their two sons Jeremy and Jonathan next door in a studio flat. Plywood was used extensively in the apartments; Jack Pritchard was the Marketing Manager for the Estonian plywood company Venesta between 1926 and 1936. Early famous residents included: Bauhaus émigrés Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and László Moholy-Nagy; architects Egon Riss and Arthur Korn; Agatha Christie (1941–47) and Adrian Stokes. The communal kitchen was converted into the Isobar restaurant in 1937, to a design by Marcel Breuer and FRS Yorke. The flats and particularly the bar became renowned as a centre for intellectual life in North London. Regulars at the Isobar included Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson.
People

Architect

Civil Engineer

Client

Owner

Time & Place

Status

built

Date

01/01/1934

Address

Lawn Road, Hampstead, London, Vereinigtes Königreich

Specifications

Floors

Floors: 4

Height

Staircases

Staircases: 2

Units per Staircase 

Units per staircase: 8

Units per Floor 

Units per floor: 8

Units

Unit Area

Plot Area

Floor Area Typical

Area Total

Podium Area

Courtyard Area

Ground floor Area

Residents

Parking Spaces

Taxonomy

Organisation

Access Balcony

Material

Structure

reinforced concrete frame

Usage

Housing

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