Type M2A Barbican Estate flats

Type M2A is a one-bedroom two-storey maisonette found in Ben Jonson House and Bunyan Court. Type M2A and M2B account for most of the maisonettes in Ben Jonson House and Bunyan Court. Type M2A and Type M2B are virtually identical except that the M2B is marginally shorter with a smaller bedroom.

There is an entrance floor which takes up roughly one half of the width of the building on the north side of the central corridor. The flat’s entrance door from the corridor opens into a hall which contains the stairs to the other floor of the flat. Beyond the hall is the bathroom and then the bedroom.

The other floor is either above or below the entrance level, depending on the corridor. The building has corridors on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th floors. The other floors are taken up from front to back by the larger floors of the maisonettes. If the entrance is on the 2nd floor, then the larger floor is on the 1st floor and the internal stairs go down. If the entrance is on the 3rd floor, then the larger floor is on the 4th floor and the internal stairs go up. (The 5th floor is for triplexes.) In my further explanation I try to avoid referring to the direction of the stairs because that will depend on the factors I have just explained.

Going back to where we were on the entrance hall, you take the (lovely open-tread mahogany) internal stairs  and you emerge in the middle of the other level which takes up the entire width of the building. At the front, looking south, there is a living area with views into the Barbican estate. At the back, looking north, there is a dining room, with views towards Golden Lane. Between them, in the middle, is a kitchen.

In Ben Jonson House, there are 42 Type M2As on the 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th floors. In Bunyan Court there are 14 M2As on the 2nd/3rd floors. The central corridor is not quite central. On the shallower (south) side is usually a Type F2C studio flat. On the deeper (north) side, is the entrance floor of a Type M2A or M2B.

Please note. These plans are illustrations and approximations only. They illustrate types of flats as built. They don’t show the actual demise, size, layout or dimensions of any particular flat. Individual flats may differ, or have been altered.

Original Barbican Brochure Plan


Our Floor Plan

Arch A (8.5 x 11)

Our 3D Plan