In search of Barbican Livings

On the occasion of the exhibition Le Corbusier –The Art of Architecture, Barbican Art Gallery is organising two ‘Barbican Living’ days to offer the public a chance to learn more about the Barbican Estate and the ideas put forward by Le Corbusier. Indeed many links can be made between the Barbican (and Golden Lane Estate) built by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. Links will also be made with the work of Le Corbusier such as Unité d’habitation in Marseille. The Unité kitchen featured in the exhibition is a fantastic connection – it and those of the Barbican have obvious similarities.

The Barbican Art Gallery team has hunted down Barbican residents, largely architects and designers, who have agreed to open their flats to visitors. To do this, we placed an advert in various publications regularly read by the Barbican residents.
'Calling all Architects Designers living in the Barbican!!
Are you an architect or designer living in the Barbican Estate? Have you recently commissioned an architect to refurbish your flat? Does your apartment still have original design features?
If so, we would like you to get in touch with us.'
Once a wide list of residents was established (thanks to the ad, but also thanks to word of mouth), we went to visit flats all around the estate in order to prepare a rich and varied program for the ‘Barbican Living’ days. So far we have visited 15 flats in order to put together a varied and exciting tour program.

Some of the tours are already sold out so hurry up if you also want to be part of one of our ‘Barbican Living’ days!

Photo David King

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