THE BARBICAN

There are many draws to working in Farringdon but the biggest has to be the Barbican Estate. No matter how often you go, there is always something new to discover: a band to watch, one of their current exhibitions, but without doubt the true star is the building itself. This compelling building is one of the largest examples of Brutalist architecture. The term was coined by British critic Reyner Banham in 1954 and originates from ‘beton brut’, which translates as raw concrete. Le Corbusier was the pioneer of this movement, which came to prominence in the late 1940’s. The strong bold shapes, reinforced concrete structures, large areas of blank walls and industrial looking materials, as well as being trademark characteristics of Brutalism, also help to make this one of the most iconic developments in London.