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A ‘studio’ is a flat which has a combined bedroom and living room (plus a kitchen or cooking area, and a bathroom). Most studios are in the North Barbican area – in all the buildings which run north-south: John Trundle Court, Breton House, and Bryer Court.Type F2A studios are the most numerous. There are 74 in John Trundle Court and 66 in Breton House.
The rest of the flats in John Trundle Court and Breton House are Type F1As. They are the second most numerous studios. They are shorter than F2Bs.Four F2A and F1A studios fit together round the lift and staircase. See how F1As lose floor space to the lift and stairs. (‘H’ means the plan is a mirror version of the standard plan. It is short for ‘handed’)
In Bryer Court most studios are FIDs.
There are a few F1E and P1D flats on the top floors of Bryer Court. They differ from the F1Ds in having a ‘bite’ taken out of the living room at the window end. Here is a P1D.
There are studio flats in Frobisher Crescent too. They were created in 2009-10. Most studios are type 8.3s on the 8th floor.
There are some ‘one off’ studios in the South Barbican. But Thomas More has a row of 13 studios at upper garden level, which are mainly Type 13s.
Ben Jonson House has the most one-bedroom Barbican flats. Bunyan Court has the same types. First, Type F2C. A very simple rectangular format. Bedroom, plus living room and kitchen area.
Still in Ben Jonson House and Bunyan Court, Type M2A and M2B flats. They are very different from the Type F2C one-bedroom Barbican flats. They are two-storey Barbican maisonettes, with a bedroom on one floor, and a living room and dining room on the other floor. So, there are three rooms rather than the two rooms of the F2C type. These two Barbican maisonette types are almost identical, but the bedroom is slightly deeper in the Type M2A. I am showing the plan for Type M2B.
The final type of one-bedroom flat in Ben Jonson House and Bunyan Court are also Barbican maisonettes – ‘Type M2C’ flats. They have a bedroom on one floor, and a large living room on the other floor.
Before leaving the North Barbican area, I should mention ‘Type P2A’ of which there are many in Breton House and John Trundle Court. These are two-storey Barbican penthouse maisonettes with a spiral staircase between floors. The bedroom is on one floor, with the living room on the other floor.
There are more ‘Type 20’ Barbican flats that any other type in the estate. They are to be found in the four Barbican blocks round the Barbican lake and gardens: Andrewes, Defoe, Speed and Thomas More Houses. With this type the flat goes right through the building, with the living room at the front, the bedroom at the back, and the kitchen, bathroom, and toilet in the middle.
This is what a ‘Type 20’ Barbican flat looks like.There are other one-bedroom Barbican flats types in Andrewes, Defoe, Speed and Thomas More Houses. Usually, these are different shapes because the flat is at the end of the block or has to make space for a fire escape corridor. But essentially they are variations on Type 20.
‘Type 23’ is the penthouse version of ‘Type 20’ in Andrewes, Defoe, Speed and Thomas More Houses. Similar to ‘Type 20’, but with a barrel-vaulted ceiling in the living room. Here are the plans.
See the ‘Garden flats’ page for ‘Type 16’ and other one-bedroom Barbican flats below the podium.
Gilbert, Mountjoy, and Seddon Houses have their own one-bedroom Barbican flat types: ‘Type 31’ and ‘Type 26’ being the most usual ones. Instead of going right through the building like ‘Type 20’s, these Barbican flats are on one side or other of a central corridor. All the windows face one way.
There is a bedroom, plus a living room with a ‘dining area’. These two Barbican flat types are virtually the same, so I am just showing you the plans for ‘Type 31’.
Willoughby House has several one-bedroom Barbican flat types, which are all very similar. There is a living room and then the bedroom is up (or down) a half flight of stairs and along a short corridor. I’ll just show you the plans for ‘Type 90’, which is a typical example.
Most of the two-bedroom flats in the Barbican estate are ‘Type 21’ flats. They are found in the four Barbican blocks round the Barbican lake and gardens: Andrewes, Defoe, Speed and Thomas More Houses. The flat goes right through the building. The living room is at the front. Two bedrooms are at the back. The kitchen, bathroom, and toilet are in the middle.
Except for Defoe House, these Barbican blocks also have some ‘Type 19’s, which are end-of-terrace two-bedroom Barbican flats.
See the ‘Garden flats’ page for ‘Type 51’ and ‘Type 84’ two-bedroom Barbican flats below the podium in Defoe and Speed Houses.
Willoughby House has as many two-bedroom flats as any of the previous Barbican blocks, but they are all slightly different types. This is a typical layout. At entrance level, there is a living room. The two bedrooms are up (or down) a half flight of stairs and along a short corridor. These are the plans for ‘Type 96’, which is a typical layout.
Gilbert, Mountjoy, and Seddon Houses have some two-bedroom Barbican flat types, but not as many as the other South Barbican blocks. The most usual are ‘Type 39’ and ‘Type 41’. Instead of going right through the building like ‘Type 20’s, these flats are on one side or other of a central corridor. All the windows face one way.
There are two bedrooms side-by-side, plus a living room with a ‘dining area’, and a separate study. They are virtually the same, so I am just showing you the plans for ‘Type 39’.
Frobisher Crescent has a number of two-bedroom Barbican flats on the 7th floor and a couple on the 8th floor. The two bedrooms are at either end of the flat. Here are the plans for the 7th floor flats, which are ‘Type 7.2’.
In the North Barbican area, only Ben Jonson House and Bunyan Court have two-bedroom Barbican flats, and they have the same types.
There are about equal numbers of ‘Type M3A’s and ‘Type M3B’s. These are triplexes – three floor Barbican penthouse maisonettes. There is a bedroom at entrance level. The living area is on the next, middle floor. There is another bedroom/penthouse study at the top. Since the types are similar, here are the plans for M3B only.
The Barbican flats at each end of Defoe House on each floor are three-bedroom Barbican flats. They are ‘Type 54’ or ‘Type 56’ depending on which end of the building they are. The flat goes right through the building. There are two bedrooms at the back; at the front, there is a living room, and a third bedroom/study. The kitchen, bathroom, and toilet are in the middle.
This is what a Barbican ‘Type 54’ flat looks like.
Willoughby House has several three-bedroom Barbican penthouse flats of ‘Type 105’. This is the layout. At entrance level, there is a living room. Two bedrooms are up a half flight of stairs and along a short corridor. A third bedroom/study is above, at penthouse level.
These are the plans for Barbican ‘Type 105’.
Frobisher Crescent has a number of three-bedroom flats. Those on the 7th floor and 8th floors are single level Barbican flats and I am showing you the plans for ‘Type 7.1’ as a typical example.
The three-bedroom Barbican flats on the 9th floor of Frobisher Crescent are on two floors, with two bedrooms on the entrance floor and a third bedroom on a smaller penthouse floor. These are the plans for ‘Type 9.1’, which is a representative example.
There are almost no three-bedroom Barbican flats in the North Barbican area. There are only three in Ben Jonson House and one in Bunyan Court. Three of the flats are ‘Type M4A’ and these are the plans.
For even larger Barbican flats, you need to look in the Barbican towers or in Wallside.
Each of these flat ‘types’ has a unique shape and layout.
Cromwell Tower and Lauderdale Tower share the same flat ‘types’, but in mirror versions of each other. Shakespeare Tower has rather different flat types. In all of them there are variations in kitchen, utility room, bathroom, shower-room and WC combinations – which I am not going into – for the details I suggest you look at the plans on Barbican Living.
Types 1A, 1B, and 1C are the trio of flats on most of the floors in Cromwell Tower and Lauderdale Tower. Type 1C has 4 bedrooms (including the best-proportioned main bedroom), a dining area, and a large living area opening onto a rectangular balcony space.
Type 1B also has 4 bedrooms, and a living room and dining area, but it has a triangular balcony, and the main entrance is at the master bedroom end of the flat.
Type 1A is different. It has 3 bedrooms (officially – but also a separate dining room you could call bedroom 4). It also has a living room and a breakfast room. The master bedroom is squeezed into a triangular shape.
Shakespeare Tower has similar flats but with one big difference. To make a larger living room, the architects gave them one less bedroom. So these are all three-bedroom flats.
Here is a Type 8A. It has a breakfast room rather than a dining area. The main bedroom is triangular.
This is a Type 8B. The living room opens onto a triangular balcony area. The flat’s entrance is at the master bedroom end of the flat (furthest from the living room).
This is Type 8C. It has the best proportioned main bedroom and the largest living area (by a small margin).
Back to Cromwell and Lauderdale Towers. They have some three-bedroom flats of Types 2A, 2B and 2C. These are the same as 1A, 1B and 1C but with the final room next to the living room taken away to give a larger living area – just like Types 8A, 8B and 8C in Shakespeare Tower really. I am just showing you Type 2A.
There are a few other variations. Every 10 floors, there are communal water tanks. In flats on these floors, the shower room is reduced to a WC to make space for the tank room. This is an example in Cromwell Tower, called a Type 3A.
There are three penthouse maisonettes at the top of each of the three towers. They are all different from each other so I am not including plans.