The Isokon Building in Camden is one of Wells Coates finest examples of modernist architecture. A Grade I listed building it is tucked away on Lawn Drive a few minutes walk from Belsize Park Tube Station, London (see map).
The Open University notes that:
‘Wells embraced Le Corbusier‘s architectural mantra that buildings should be ‘machines for living’ (machine à habiter). The machine á habiter ideal was best-reflected in his Isokon building (also known as Lawn Road Flats), completed in 1934. Indeed, the architectural critic J. M. Richards suggested that he improved on Corbusier, coming “nearer to the machine á habiter than anything Corbusier ever designed”. The building was compared to the exterior of an ocean liner by the novelist Agatha Christie, who lived there for a time, so clean and striking was the design’.
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