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Inside Tim Burton’s London home where he created ‘Dumbo’

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Tim Burton is obsessed with characters who break societal expectations, such as Edward Scissorhands and Dumbo. So it’s no surprise that this unconventional glass house in London caught his eye.

Burton rented this Primrose Hill glass mansion with an underground tunnel while creating Disney’s 2019 live-action Dumbo film. The $28 million home spans 13,000 square feet over two wings, which are connected by an underground tunnel.

Between the two glass towers is a stone-floored courtyard with a wall of ivy, plentiful greenery, seating areas and a central olive tree between the two buildings.

It created the perfect live/work environment for America’s favorite off-kilter gothic producer, according to listing brokerage Aston Chase.

“It’s a really unusual layout,” Howard Kayman, associate director of listing brokerage Aston Chase, told The Post. “For Tim Burton, it was ideal to live in one wing and have the other as his workspace and creative studio for ‘Dumbo.’”

Art deco west tower

The west tower played host to executives and staff working on the film that grossed $353 million, co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Infinite Detective studios. 

Marked by a facade of light-shattering glass blocks, the ground floor has an entrance hall with an art deco double-height living room outfitted by a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling industrial shelves. 

The west tower played host to executives and staff working on the film that grossed $353 million, co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Infinite Detective studios.
The west tower played host to executives and staff working on the film that grossed $353 million, co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Infinite Detective studios.
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art deco double-height living room outfitted by a fireplace and floor to ceiling industrial shelves.
This art deco double-height living room is outfitted with a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling industrial shelves.
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On the other side of the entrance hall is a bespoke eat-in kitchen with bronze track lighting, Lebanese cedar cabinets and Italian marble accents.
On the other side of the entrance hall is a bespoke eat-in kitchen with bronze track lighting, Lebanese cedar cabinets and Italian marble accents.
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On the other side of the entrance hall is a bespoke eat-in kitchen with bronze track lighting, Lebanese cedar cabinets and Italian marble accents.

Up a staircase made of pitch pine, grout and Portland stone, the second floor and third floors have a study, a walk-in dressing room and three bedroom suites.

The west wing study is featured in this photo.
The west wing study is featured in this photo.
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The house has five bedrooms — four in the west wing and one in the east wing.
The house has five bedrooms — four in the west wing and one in the east wing.
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Industrial east tower

Meanwhile, Burton used the industrial-style east tower as his personal office to produce the movie. The east tower has industrial red beams and large modern glass panels for its facade.

The ground floor looks down into a 2,000-square-foot double-height salon in the basement. It is designed for art lovers, with gallery lighting and double-reinforced walls to hang heavy artwork. A modern chandelier overhangs the space.

Surrounding the balcony is a dining room, an eat-in kitchen and a coat room, according to the floor plans.

The ground floor looks down into a 2,000-square-foot double-height grand salon in the basement.
The ground floor looks down into a 2,000-square-foot double-height grand salon in the basement.
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Upstairs, the second floor has a living room, a dressing room and an owner’s bedroom suite with a luxurious bathroom including a copper stand-alone tub.

The top floor is a greenhouse with a terrace that would work well as office space, the listing suggests.

“I can imagine them as Apple offices or Google [offices],” said Kayman.

“I can imagine them as Apple offices or Google [offices],” said Kayman.
“I can imagine them as Apple offices or Google [offices],” said Kayman.
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The underground tunnel with a luxe pool

The underground level has a bedroom on one side, and the aforementioned gallery on the other, plus a gym, a steam room and a lobby area. 

They are joined by a combined pool-and-cinema outfitted with a custom-made waterproof screen. The 760-square-foot pool is topped by a mechanical floor that can be rolled back for guests to enjoy movies dry or wet.

A cocktail bar and a foosball table sit beside the pool. 

A cocktail bar and a foosball table sit beside the pool.
A cocktail bar and a foosball table sit beside the pool.
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The wings are joined by a combined pool-and-cinema outfitted with a custom-made waterproof screen.
The wings are joined by a combined pool-and-cinema outfitted with a custom-made waterproof screen.
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The 760-square-foot pool is topped by a mechanical floor that can be rolled back for guests to enjoy movies dry or wet.
The 760-square-foot pool is topped by a mechanical floor that can be rolled back for guests to enjoy movies dry or wet.
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From milk production to Pink Floyd

Burton isn’t the only creative to have been inspired by this address. 

Before the “Edward Scissorhands” director inhabited this location, it was a stable, a WWI-era shell casings factory, a milk production servicer and finally Mayfair recording studios, which played host to David Bowie, the Clash, Oasis, the Smiths, Tina Turner and Pink Floyd. 

The house was built in 2016, inspired by Pierre Chareau’s “House of Glass” in Paris, which is considered to be the pioneering example of modern architecture, according to Aston Chase. 

Director Tim Burton poses with Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Disneyland during a sneak peek of the upcoming live-action adventure "Dumbo" on March 9, 2019 in Anaheim, California.
Director Tim Burton poses with Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Disneyland during a sneak peek of the live-action adventure “Dumbo” on March 9, 2019, in Anaheim, California.
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Burton’s “Dumbo

Burton’s “Dumbo” reprise, authored by “Transformers” writer Ehren Kruger, could become the version most familiar to young children.

Disney+ set an age-7 minimum requirement on the original 1941 “Dumbo” movie in March for negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. The 1953 film “Peter Pan” also got the age restriction, while the 1940 film “Fantasia” received a content warning.

Some fans were upset at the movies being “canceled,” while others didn’t miss it, opting for Burton’s “Dumbo” starring Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton. 

Tim Burton attends the “Dumbo” Paris Gala Screening at Cinema Le Grand Rex on March 18, 2019 in Paris, France.
Tim Burton attends the “Dumbo” Paris Gala Screening at Cinema Le Grand Rex on March 18, 2019, in Paris.
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Burton is the wildly successful mind behind “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” (1985), “Beetlejuice” (1988), “Batman” (1989), “Batman Returns” (1992), “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993), “Ed Wood” (1994), “James and the Giant Peach” (1996), “Sleepy Hollow” (1999), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005), “Corpse Bride” (2005), “Sweeney Todd” (2007) — among many others in his four-decade career.

One of his upcoming projects includes an eight-episode Netflix original series entitled “Wednesday” based on the “Addams Family” character.

The 62-year-old producer previously had a relationship with Helena Bonham Carter, with whom he shares a son Billy, 17, and daughter Nell, 13. The pair met on the set of “Planet of the Apes” (2001) and split in 2013. They were never married; Burton was married to German special effects technician Lena Gieseke from 1989 to 1991. 

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