The Barbican: A Middle Class Council Estate / The Architectural Review / Architecture Foundation / 2015

The Barbican: A Middle Class Council Estate / The Architectural Review / Architecture Foundation / 2015


Footnotes

The architects travelled extensively throughout Europe taking note of modernist architecture. Buildings by Le Corbusier, Ernesto Rogers and Ernö Goldfinger informed much of their ideas. Indeed the “Pedway” system or elevated walkways that link much of the Barbican took inspiration from Stockholm’s pedestrianised grid systems and even the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Closer to home, the architects would take London’s Georgian squares into their plans, referring to “long terraces reminiscent of the London squares.” The Barbican terraces emulate these forebears, with their opposing semi-private gardens in the middle and how they join at rectangles. ➡︎


Sources

◼︎ Viva Barbecana / Huw Griffith & Tessa Nicholson / Port / 2013


Barbican	/ Robin Cantelon / 1969

Barbican / Robin Cantelon / 1969

Month of Sundays / Metronomy / Callum Cooper / 2014

Month of Sundays / Metronomy / Callum Cooper / 2014