Pictures from the Barbican Estate, the world famous example of British brutalist architecture.
The Barbican Estate is a complex built between 1969 an 1980 and designed by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. The project took place in an destroyed area in the City of London, bombed during WWII.
The aim of the architects was to create a car-free oasis above the busy and noisy streets; they carried out the task to create a modernist inner city on a human scale with schools, shops, libraries.
Now The Barbican Estate contains the Barbican Centre (the largest performing arts centre in Europe), the Barbican public library, the City of London School for Girls, the Museum of London, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
The complex consist of three towers, 13 terrace blocks and two mews.
All of them are placed above the podium, which also contains some maisonette. The terraces block surround the lake and the green square.
The Barbican houses more than 4000 people, and some of its flats cost more than 2 millions £.