Behind The Scenes: Barbican Centre

The Barbican is one of the foremost arts complexes in London, built in the style of Brutalist architecture that was prominent during the ’50s and ‘60s. As one of the biggest historic buildings in Europe, it also unravels as a functional conference venue, meaning that there is greater depth to the architectural space than one will discover upon first glance.

It was built during the efforts put in to remake portions of the city that were ravaged by war; the Grade II listed design site took ten years to fully construct, and it opened in 1982. In the latest book, Building the Barbican, exclusive and never before seen photographs aim to document in both colour and b/w, how the Barbican was built. Most of these images have never been made available to the public and the themes of it range from construction workers working on location to hand-finish the textured walls, to trees being places in the conservatory.


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