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Barbican

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Chamberlin, Powell & Bon
 
location London
function community centre, culture, housing, theatre
contributed by Maarten_Scheurwater

These are 3 of London's tallest residential tower blocks, the Barbican housing complex, next to the Barbican Centre: the largest multi-arts centre in Europe, featuring art, film, music, theatre, dance and education all under one roof and under one creative direction. The Barbican Centre has been voted London's 'ugliest building' but is an oasis in the city, car-free and focused on water and plants. The brutalist style buildings can be a bit harsh but softened by hundreds of window box flowers. The Barbican has been a neighbourhood of actors and of writers as well as the home of vice, disease and fire. It has been an asylum for refugees and outcasts. It has, in a word, been London. The area was badly bombed during World War II, and the first plans for redevelopment began in 1952. In 2002 and 2007 the whole complex was refurbished and improved.

 

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Caspar says:
Usually underrated example of brutalism. Great deatails and overall look and feel. Shame about the image...
Cologne, Germany 18-Aug-10
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Barbican
Address
Silk Street
United Kingdom
http://www.barbicanliving.co.uk/
Project is public!
Opening hours 9am-8pm daily, see more information on http://www.barbican.org.uk/
How to get there? Underground: The nearest Underground station is Barbican, on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. Other Underground stations nearby are Moorgate, St Paul's, Bank, Liverpool Street and Mansion House. Train: The nearest rail stations are Liverpool Street, Farringdon and Blackfriars. City Thameslink services serve Barbican, Moorgate and Cannon Street. Bus: Bus Route 153 stops outside the Barbican in Silk Street. Starting from outside Liverpool Street Station, it runs daily.
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ArchitectChamberlin, Powell & Bon
Client City of London
 
Project ID 656
Latitude/Longitude 51°31'12N 00°05'34W
Contributed by Maarten_Scheurwater
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