The estate is now a demolition and construction site with more than 1,500 new homes replacing the 252 flats.
The estate is now a demolition and construction site with more than 1,500 new homes replacing the 252 flats. © Victoria and Albert Museum

A three-storey chunk of an east London council estate that is venerated and despised in almost equal measures has been acquired by the V&A.

The museum announced it had made one of the most unusual property deals in its history: rescuing an enormous chunk of the Robin Hood Gardens estate, complete with walkway and maisonette interiors.

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The fragment is 8.8 metres high, 5.5 metres wide and 8 metres deep and includes the gutted interiors of a maisonette flat, sections of concrete stairway and part of an elevated walkway known as “streets in the sky”, which was intended to foster interaction between neighbours. There are also three-tonne vertical concrete fins that helped to give the building its distinctive look.

It has been collapsed into sections and will be transported by art movers to a store off site. 

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