Penthouse Flats, Barbican Estate

The four blocks round the gardens – Andrewes, Defoe, Speed and Thomas More Houses – have very similar penthouse arrangements. The 7th floor of each block has barrel-vaulted one-bedroom penthouses, which are generally smaller than the flats below as they lack the usual ‘study’ section of the living room, such as a Type 20 one-bedroom flat would have. They all have Type 23 penthouses. Defoe and Speed Houses have a few Type 60s, with a slightly larger bedroom, and a larger flat at either end of the block which takes advantage of the side window wall to have a larger living room and a separate dining room (Type 61 in Defoe House and Type 86, with the room layout inverted, in Speed House.)

Gilbert, Mountjoy and Seddon Houses have Type 35 and 36 duplex penthouses taking up most of the 6th and 7th floors. The ends, however, are different. Gilbert House has single level penthouses of Types 72, 73 and 74. Mountjoy has larger one-bedroom penthouses of Types 33, 34, 37, and 38. Seddon House’s end flats are larger again, with duplexes of Types 42 and 43, and penthouse studios (Type 44 and 45) and an odd-shaped one-bedroom flat (Type 46).

Willoughby House has a lot of duplex penthouses: Types 103, 104105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 115. The most frequently encountered one-bedroom duplex is Type 100, and for two-bedroom duplexes it is Type 101. There are single-storey penthouses, Types 113 and 114.

Bunyan Court and Ben Jonson House both have penthouse triplexes, mainly Types M3A and M3B, with one M4A. (Ben Jonson also has two Type M3C triplex penthouses.)

Breton House and John Trundle Court have similar, one-bedroom, penthouse maisonettes of Type P2A (and John Trundle Court has one flat of Type P2B).

Bryer Court has studio penthouses of Type P1D.

All the flats on the 9th floor of Frobisher Crescent are penthouse maisonettes with at least one extra bedroom up internal stairs.

The towers each have three duplex or triplex penthouse maisonettes (Type 4A, 4B, 4C).