The Barbican Estate at 50

Architecture on Stage

A photo of the Sculpture Court on Level 3 of the Barbican, Barbican Art Gallery and Frobisher Crescent

Join us as we honour 50 years since the completion of the Barbican Estate with architects, designers and writers.

Celebrating and reflecting on 50 years since the completion of the Barbican Estate, we are joined by several architects, designers and writers who have worked on, lived in or been inspired by the estate over its lifetime.

How has the estate changed since it transformed the City of London in 1964, and how can it still serve as a model for future housing and urban design?

Architecture Tours

See the Barbican from a new perspective

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Illustration of the Barbican

Watch: Barbican, 1969 - from London Metropolitan Archives

This film from the London Met Archives, documents the development scheme for a residential area in the City following the destruction of the area after World War II and the start of building works in the Barbican. 

From the Archive: Barbican Guides

As we start to build a Barbican Archive, we uncovered every edition of the Barbican Guide. Documenting the range of events we've hosted since we first opened in March 1982, browse the first year of our monthly guide.

View of the Barbican Centre

Watch: The Barbican: A Middle Class Council Estate

Produced by the Architecture Foundation, watch this short documentary exploring the history of the Barbican Estate, written and presented by Phineas Harper. 

Frobisher Auditorium 1