#afterhours - Alex vs The Barbican Estate

Barbican Estate

Angles, concrete, art, architecture and a true depiction of man vs nature circa 1970 - the Barbican Estate has been a place I’ve longed to visit for quite a while now.

I took the tube to Barbican station, and started my mini urban mecca-sploration to this brutalist showpiece.

“The Barbican Estate is a residential estate that was built during the 1960s and the 1980s within the City of London in Central London, in an area once devastated by World War II bombings and today densely populated by financial institutions. It contains, or is adjacent to, the Barbican Arts Centre, the Museum of London, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Barbican public library, the City of London School for Girls and a YMCA (now closed),[1] forming the Barbican Complex.

The Barbican Complex is a prominent example of British brutalist architectureand is Grade II listed as a whole[2] with the exception of the former Milton Court. Milton Court once contained a fire station, medical facilities, and some flats but was demolished to allow the construction of a new apartment complex, which also contains additional facilities for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.”

Read more info on wikipedia

I’m not sure what I was expecting: an art centre, a block of flats - but, no - I was presented with a quiet space in London, complete with a strange sense of calm in and amongst the homes, community spaces and art centre.

All photos shot with my iPhone.
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