Barbican Estate, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, 1969.
|:||Courtyard with water features and opposite apartment terraces. Barbican Estate, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, 1969.|
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|:||Barbican Estate, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, 1969.|
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|:||It has been 50 years since the first residents moved into the Barbican Estate in 1969 . The former Cripplegate area, destroyed by a bombing in December 1940, was to be the site where architects Peter Chamberlin, Geoffry Powell and Christoph Bon in a partnership designed Golden Lane Estate. This successful intervention led to create a residential precinct where people were allowed to live “both conveniently and with pleasure”, where they would be “uninterrupted by road traffic” and be able to “move about freely enjoying constantly changing perspectives of terraces, lawns, trees and flowers”. Apartments have individual balconies which overlook verdant landscaped squares and a lake with fountains. The buildings are isolated from the hubbub of the city and accessed by a pedestrian walkway raised above street level. The residential towers are three of London’s tallest. Designing buildings of this height required close collaboration with engineers especially Ove Arup, who were themselves newly founded in 1946, and were increasingly collaborating on complex projects with avant-garde practitioners of the built world. The towers provide a “dramatic contrast to the otherwise horizontal treatment of the buildings” and have become an iconic part of London’s skyline|
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