TQ3281 : Barbican, Silk Street (3)

near to London, City of London, Great Britain

Barbican, Silk Street (3)
Barbican, Silk Street (3)
Ahead is the City of London School for Girls, towering above are Shakespeare and Cromwell Towers. When built the residential towers were Europe's highest. Grade II listed.
"There is nothing quite like the Barbican Estate in all British architecture", wrote Pevsner. This is attributed to its sheer scale, magnified by the use of concrete, and its segregation of traffic and pedestrians by means of elevated walkways. The estate was the second stage in the Corporation of London's plan to reverse its depopulation as a result of the war (it was built on land ravaged by bombing). The architects chosen were Chamberlin, Powell & Bon, fresh from the City's Golden Lane Estate, work commenced in 1963 and was not completed until 1981. A total of 2,100 flats were built over the 35-acre site, which also includes a school and arts centre. All in all it is an impressive scheme, but the sheer amount of concrete on display renders it less immediately likeable than, say, a Georgian terrace! Sun and blue sky certainly help. Its salubrity, however, gives the lie to the specious idea that large concrete housing estates are intrinsically crime-ridden. That might just have more to do with social issues than the choice of architectural style or building material. It is now listed, quite a feat for so much Brutalism.
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Saturday, 19 March, 2011   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 4 September, 2011
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Housing, Dwellings  Public buildings and spaces  Educational sites 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3231 8173 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.1401N 0:5.6666W
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