London Loves Property takes you inside the ultra-modern apartment


Bearing a striking resemblance to the Manhattan lair of Wall Street movie character Gordon Gekko, the recently refurbished glass-walled 2,653 sq ft (246 sq m) three bedroom duplex penthouse at The Glass Building on Arlington Road in London’s Camden, designed by renowned award-winning postmodern architect Piers Gough CBE, is for sale via sole selling agent Aston Chase.

Located on a landmark site on the corner of Arlington Road and Jamestown Road the design of The Glass Building, built in 2000-2001, is based on a series of interlocking bays, the six storey curved facades created from slightly green-tinted floor-to-ceiling glass set in thin black steel frames, providing inside a collection of Manhattan loft-style apartments with spectacular light-filled living spaces.

The beautiful duplex penthouse is located on the top floors of The Glass Building with a vast reception room with double-height living spaces bordered by full-height glazing, opening onto an expansive rooftop terrace with wooden decking offering sweeping views of the London skyline.

The curved facades of the penthouse are inspired by London’s gasometers, Piers Gough remarked, “The visual effect is of a series of curved bays coinciding with the curves of the apartment living spaces, a building that tries to be beautiful by being true to itself and its site.”

Piers Gough has also described himself as a ‘movie set architect’ and The Glass Building penthouse has a striking resemblance to the glass-walled Manhattan lair of Hollywood-movie Wall Street tycoon Gordon Gekko (brilliantly played in 1987 and 2010 sequel by Michael Douglas)Gekko’s lair created by movie production designer Kristi Zea and set decorator Diane Lederman.

Kristi Zea has described Gordon Gekko’s lair as: “wonderful, dramatic, understated and modern, a power and success statement for the owner” and the same could be said of the Camden penthouse at The Glass Building.

Just like Gordon Gekko’s Manhattan pad, the penthouse reception room in The Glass Building combines full height glazing with polished plaster walls and pale engineered oak flooring creating a dramatic modern entertaining space.

The adjacent fully fitted designer kitchen and dining area also provide voluminous spaces bathed in light, the deep blue kitchen cabinetry has Calacatta viola marble worktops and Gaggenau, Miele and Fisher & Paykel integrated appliances. There is also a bedroom suite with an ensuite shower room, a utility room, and a guest cloakroom on the lower floor.

In the reception room, a central steel staircase with open treads leads to the upper floor of the penthouse. The principal bedroom suite has a walk-in dressing room and principal bathroom with a freestanding bath and marble shower illuminated by a skylight above, there is also the principal guest suite with built-in bespoke wardrobes and an ensuite bathroom.

The penthouse has been finished to a high specification featuring an integrated Sonos sound/home entertainment system to principal rooms, a Rako home-automation system and underfloor heating throughout in addition to a full air-conditioning system.

Mark Pollack, Co-Founding Director of Aston Chase said, “The spectacular Manhattan style duplex penthouse in The Glass Building is one of the finest penthouses in the Camden, Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill area. It has a striking resemblance to the Manhattan lair of Wall Street tycoon Gordon Gekko and just like that Hollywood-set pad it offers a dramatic, understated and modern success statement for the owner.”

The Glass Building has a stylish ground floor entrance foyer with daytime concierge service, a first floor landscaped podium garden and a gated underground car parking complex. Camden Town High Street and Underground Station (Northern Line) are within close proximity as are the open spaces of Regent’s Park & Primrose Hill.

The Glass Building penthouse has an allocated parking bay in the gated car park and is for sale priced at £3,350,000 (975 year lease). For further information contact sole selling agent Aston Chase on Tel: +44 (0)20 7724 4724 Email: (Simon Rosenblatt) or visit:

Aston Chase | 020 7724 4724