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The Balfron Tower was designed by modernist architect Erno Goldfinger for the Greater London Council in 1965. The photograph was taken from a slab block on the nearby Robin Hood estate in Poplar. In an attempt to raise public opinion of such structures, Goldfinger and his wife temporarily left their affluent home in Hampstead and moved into flat No 130 on the 26th floor. The couple greeted tenants with champagne, and discussed their new homes. Balfron and Goldfinger's similarly styled Trellick Tower both developed reputations for anti-social behaviour and crime.
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