Barbican Centre London – Housing, Architecture

Barbican Centre London, Architecture, Photos, Architect, Housing, Building, Location

Barbican Centre, London : Brutalist Architecture

London Arts Centre Buildings, England – design by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon

12 Sep 2009

The Barbican Complex

Completed: 1982

Architects: Chamberlin, Powell and Bon

Area: 7 acres
Barbican Arts Centre, City of London, England

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photos © Nick Weall

Home of London Symphony Orchestra
The area was badly bombed during World War II
Centre Owner: City of London

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photos of the centre © Adrian Welch

Barbican Centre London

The Barbican Centre has been voted London’s ‘ugliest building’. But look at the beautiful landscaping and the intelligent density – kids playing basketball under residential blocks (below), noise accepted to the benefit of easy access to healthy sport and places to hang out and get away from polluted streets. The Barbican Centre is an oasis in the city, car-free and focused on water and plants. The buildings can be a bit harsh but the centre is softened by hundreds of window box flowers.

London Arts Centre Building
photo © Adrian Welch

Status: Grade II listed, 2001
Architectural Style: brutalist architecture
Location: central London, just north of Square Mile

Barbican Centre architects : Chamberlin, Powell and Bon

Barbican Centre – Facilities

Concert Hall – 1949 seats
Barbican Theatre – 1166 seats
Barbican Art Gallery
Pit Theatre – 200 seats
3 Cinemas
Curve Gallery
Waterside Cafe
Balcony Bistro
Searcy’s restaurant
7 Conference Suites
2 Exhibition Halls

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Barbican Library

Project architect: John Honer

Shakespeare Tower
Shakespeare Tower
photograph © James Whitaker 2009 www.WhitakerStudio.co.uk

Milton Court
1963
Chamberlin Powell & Bon
This is the oldest building on the site
Due for demolition late 2007, not listed
Architectural study in 2006 by architect John Assael, London, into possible re-use of the building

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photos © Adrian Welch

Barbican Centre Redevelopment – proposals: Guildhall School of Music tower
2007
Design: David Walker Architects
including a 127m high residential tower + new Guildhall School of Music & Drama building
the design was submitted for planning in Sep 2007; Proposal approved in Nov 2007
The complex was grade II listed in 2001

Acoustic Canopy + Ceiling, Barbican Hall, City of London
2001
Design: Caruso St John, architects

Barbican Centre buildings northwest of London Wall:
Barbican Centre buildings Chamberlin, Powell and Bon building
photos of the centre © Adrian Welch

Barbican Centre context : Moorgate, city of London

Barbican Centre Refurbishment
mid-1990s
Design: Theo Crosby, Pentagram

Barbican Centre Refurbishment
2005-06
Design: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)

Barbican Centre Address: Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Nearest Tube: Barbican

This famous housing complex in the City of London is popular amongst architects
Architects: Chamberlin, Powell and Bon
his development contains 3 of London’s tallest residential tower blocks

London Buildings nearby by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon include:
Golden Lane Estate

Barbican Theatre was built for Royal Shakespeare Company, who left the premises in 2002.

Adjacent London Estate by the same architects : Golden Lane Estate

Barbican Estate – architecture article by Amit Khanna, 24 Oct 2013

Chamberlin, Powell & Bon


To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.

London Architecture

London Architecture Walking Tours – walks around the best buildings in the city

London Architect – key design studios

Barbican Centre : Museum of London, southwest corner of Barbican Centre complex:
Museum of London
photo © Adrian Welch

Barbican Centre : London Architecture

Barbican Centre Refurbishment architects : Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)

Barbican Centre building
photo of the centre © Adrian Welch

London Art Galleries

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Barbican Centre London – page

Barbican Centre, London – www.barbican.org.uk

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