Architects, Chamberlain, Powell and Bon, took up the task of working on the site previously destroyed by the Blitz. They proposed a radical transformation of how we live in buildings and cities.
The result is London’s most ambitious architectural marvels: a city within a city that is raised above street level and draws on a rich references, from ancient Roman fortresses, French Modernism and Scandinavian design.
Barbican estate is home to more than 4,000 residents, organised around its own community of schools, a library, a man-made lake, its famous conservatory and arts centre. In 2001 the entire complex received Grade II listed status. Today you can explore the site freely, from the Centre’s many public spaces, cafes and restaurants to the highwalks and estate gardens.