Following 7 years of major refurbishment costing over £35million, the Barbican now has a fresh look, which complements its forward-thinking vision as Europe’s largest arts centre.
Award-winning architectural practice Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has restored and enhanced many of the original design features.
Finally the Barbican has a new front door on Silk Street, while Alex Hartley’s new light wall installation in the main entrance captures the buzz inside. Additionally, every venue has undergone major work, including the huge improvements to the acoustics in Barbican Hall.View the images below for a slide show of the Barbican's new look
|View From the Roof of the Shakespeare Tower|
"I lived here for four years, and was astonished by the quiet. By far the noisiest element, if purely in visual terms, are the zig-zag elevations of the three great residential towers – Cromwell, Shakespeare and Lauderdale – which, especially on days of deep, crisp shadows, stand out like the mightiest imaginable works of modern abstract sculpture. By way of contrast, their rooftops, or skylines, are almost Baroque in composition, as if created by some latter-day Hawksmoor or Vanbrugh." Jonathan Glancey, Architectural Correspondent, The Guardian