24.3.14

| Brutalist Estate of Mind |


Our fascination with Brutalist architecture and council estates took us on a stroll into the heart of the Barbican estate. This is so far removed from the other Brutalist estates that Hiro and I have visited that it may as well be a different planet.




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The Barbican Estate was built during the 1960's and completed in the 1970's. It stands on the Cripplegate area that was utterly devastated during the bombings of London during WWII.

Today, the estate is Grade II listed and houses about 4,000 people in what is essentially a walled city, a little oasis in the City of London. I imagine that the Barbican Estate setting Le Corbusier's heart a flutter with its seemingly harmonious living. Its lines are a wonderment of perspectives, from every angle, there is much to admire.

If you find yourself with some time to loose in London, and the sun is shining....Go find yourself here. It's a lovely place to chill amid a whole lot of angles. 

5 comments:

  1. I love these pictures, the way the buildings make shapes and shadows is wonderful. I also like seeing people just laying on the ground or sitting, just relaxed. I don't think enough do that, you tend to get strange looks when you see someone just sitting on the lawn or sidewalk and I always think...why? It's what it's for. Happy Monday doll xx

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  2. There is something so fascinating about brutalist architecture. My eyes can never find it pleasing, and yet when I see photos like this, I can't help but stare - I wonder, what were the architects thinking? Was function their only consideration? I suppose I'll never really know but I will never stop being curious.
    xox,
    Cee

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  3. I love the design and structures of these buildings, I have been to so many similar ones like this and must say they are brilliant, like you said it's a lovely place to chill. All I need is a cup of coffee and my iPad and wowzers am in another world.

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  4. Love the Barbican area, really interesting architecture, wonderfully harsh!

    Great photos too :)

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  5. This reminds me very much of one of the universities I went to: just google images for "ruhr uni bochum". I loved it there, not least because there is some amazing art on campus: http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/kuba/ and http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/kuba/data/werke.htm

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