In August I went on another little wander with James Brewster, this time it was onto Old Street and the adjacent Barbican Complex. The Barbican Complex is a prominent example of British brutalist architecture and is also a Grade II listed building which perfectly encapsulates London’s architectural diversity.

The Barbican Centre was designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon in classic Brutalist style. Walking through this multi-level layout you’re enclosed by a concrete terrace which serves as one of the main focal points of the centre. Although the estate was built between 1965 and 1976 on a site that was previously bombed during World War 2, it’s now viewed as one of the most exclusive residential areas in London.

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Brutalism was once described by Queen Elizabeth as “one of the modern wonders of the world” and although I don’t entirely agree with the statement there is something truly unique about the style. Although difficult to explore fully in a single visit, the Barbican Centre is a must for any lovers of architecture and design out there.

“The materials are solid, the details – lamps, handrails, gates, gutters – seem to have been adopted from a second world war battleship” – Jonathan Glancey

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