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Barbican Centre

The Barbican Estate

The Barbican Estate, a jungle of concrete turrets and a stunning example of Brutalist architecture. Located in the main financial district of the city, these bold, harsh, concrete structures are kept well hidden from the busy metropolis outside. The lucky few who get to call this iconic collection of buildings home are gifted with an inner-city community that includes a lake, tennis and basketball courts. Whether brutalist architecture is to your taste it's nevertheless still easy to appreciate these master pieces of British architecture. The Barbican Estate was born as a solution to the postwar housing crisis. The City of London, once devastated by World War II, today is vibrant, lively and cosmopolitan. Relaxing in the courtyard outside the Barbican Centre, sipping a warm coffee from the Barbican Kitchen, watching city workers leave their apartments for early morning meetings is a mindful experience that leaves you feeling both calm and tranquil. Chamberlin, Powell & Bon was the architecture firm that masterminded this magnificent concrete structure, and although the end result may look brutalist its actually a mishmash of architectural styles including both Georgian and Medieval.


Barbican Centre

At the centre of the Barbican Estate is the Barbican Centre; a world renowned performing arts centre and the largest of its kind in Europe. The centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. The centre also houses a library, three restaurants, and a conservatory. The London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra are based in the centre's concert hall.


Further Reading

The Barbican Centre |
Monocle | The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes p.264

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