Owned, funded and managed by the City of London Corporation, the Barbican Centre performing arts centre was officially opened to the public by Queen Elizabeth II on 3 March 1982, and is renown for its striking brutalist architecture.
I paid a visit earlier this week, and it was sad to see that the coronavirus pandemic seems to be really hitting visitor numbers, with the place being pretty much deserted.
Although opinions remain sharply divided over the Brutalist architecture of the adjacent Barbican Estate, there’s no doubt that it makes for a striking landscape – although trying to navigate your way across the elevated walkways can be a real pain.
Constructed in an area devastated by World War II bombings, the Grade II listed brutalist estate is an upmarket residential complex of around 2,000 flats, maisonettes, and houses.
The estate also contains three of London’s tallest residential towers, at 42 storeys and 123 metres (404 ft) high, with the top two or three floors of each block comprising of three penthouse flats.
Here’s some views taken around the deserted Barbican Centre.
This blaze of colour passed me by.
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