Brutal Beauty

The Barbican Estate in London is one of the most complex and complete examples of Brutalist architecture.

The complex was designed by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and built 1965 and 1976.

The residential estate consists of 13 terrace blocks, grouped around the lake and green squares within the complex. The main buildings rise for up to seven floors above a podium level, which links all the facilities in the Barbican, providing a pedestrian route above street level. Some maisonettes are built into the podium structure.

The very nice photos were taken by Thomas Ulrich Madesen. I think that the Barbican has aged quite well.

Despite being hated by Prince Charles, the Barbican is now cosidered a national landmark.

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