Wednesday 29 October 2014

The Barbican, central London

Built on a site devastated by the Blitz, the Barbican is a vast landscaped post war housing estate-come-theatre complex in which three towers rise out of the seven-storey blocks of flats below. A fine example of so-called brutalist architecture, the Barbican isn't too everyone's tastes, but it is an absorbing anomaly in an area dominated by glass and steel office buildings.
The bell tower of St Giles' Cripplegate Church faces an arc of apartments in the Barbican

The Barbican's three towers soar high above the rest of the complex