The Isokon building is a historically significant icon of architecture. A concrete block of 36 flats (originally 32), the building was designed by architect renowned English architect, Wells Coates. The building opened in 1934 as an experiment in minimalist urban living. Most of the flats had very small kitchens as there was a large communal kitchen for the preparation of meals, connected to the residential floors via a dumb waiter. Services, including laundry and shoe-shining, were provided on site.