The Isokon Gallery launched in the old garage of Lawn Road Flats – an underwhelming name for an overwhelming building. It’s now more commonly known as the Isokon Building, designed by Modernist architect Wells Coates in 1934 as an experiment in modern urban living.
It is surrounded by typical Victorian London housing, which only makes the aesthetic of it even more breathtaking. In its hay day, Famous residents of the building included Bauhaus legends Marcel Brueur, Maholo-Nagy and Walter Gropius (the subject of this season’s exhibition) and the author Agatha Christie.
Like many other buildings of this era, it was neglected towards the end of the twentieth century as architecture trends changed, but the building has been restored to its former glory and is now a highly desirable residence.
The gallery celebrates the building’s history and includes fascinating photographs and artefacts including architectural drawings and original furniture. An original kitchen has also been preserved so you can get a sense of the building’s unique style. It’s one of many beautiful buildings part of Modernist Hampstead – if you like this style as much as I do, it’s worth paying a visit to 2 Willow Road while you’re in the area!