London Estates: Modernist Council Housing 1946-1981


This book is not yet published, but will be available from June 2024.

ISBN: 9781739887841 Category:

Thaddeus Zupancic


The most comprehensive photographic document of the London council estate, with fascinating images from every London borough and the City, featuring some 300 estates built between 1947 and 1981.

Why are some London council estates considered notorious, while others are arguably the most desirable places to live in the capital? As the most comprehensive photographic document of the London council estate, this book provides an insight, featuring some 300 estates from every borough and the City.

London Estates features the first post-war housing in Paddington, Islington and Romford; the Modernist schemes in Finsbury, Bethnal Green, Poplar, Wandsworth, Camberwell and the Cities of London and Westminster; the acclaimed 1960s estates of Camden and Lambeth; and the lesser-known 1970s estates of Kingston, Haringey, Havering, Hillingdon and Tower Hamlets.

There are designs from a broad range of architects including Denys Lasdun (Keeling House, Trevelyan House); Chamberlin, Powell & Bon (Golden Lane Estate), Erno Goldfinger (Balfron Tower, Trellick Tower); Basil Spence (Stock Orchard Estate, Tustin Estate), and Kate Macintosh (Dawson’s Heights).

A huge range of architectural styles are represented – from prefabricated and ‘self-built’ schemes, to Modernist and brutalist designs, including over 30 protected historic buildings.

This book celebrates London council estates in all their diversity, championing the neglected alongside the distinguished, honouring their immeasurable contribution to the social and architectural fabric of the capital.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 20 x 16 cm
Publisher name FUEL Design & Publishing
Publication date 15 June 2024
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell, and FUEL
Dimensions 20 x 16 cm
Weight 300 g


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Thaddeus Zupancic is a Slovenian-born writer, translator and photographer. He has lived in London since 1991, working as a radio producer with the BBC World Service for the first 15 years. His Instagram account @notreallyobsessive documents post-war council estates in the capital. He is also a volunteer with The Twentieth Century Society, the national charity campaigning to protect Britain's modern architectural and design heritage.

Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell have been publishing critically acclaimed books on design and architecture since 2004.