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The Barbican Centre

From exhibitions and tours, photography and film, to exploring the Centre itself, discover more about the Barbican’s fascinating architecture in the Centre and surrounding estate.

The Barbican Redevelopment Scheme was a project of staggering scale and complexity. It took nearly three decades to design and build; involved the design of over 2,000 flats, two schools and an arts centre; it required the realignment of an Underground line and the excavation of 190,000 m³ of soil and at its peak employed a thousand workers.

The Barbican Centre designs were approved in 1971 and included a concert hall seating 2,000, a theatre for 1,300, an art gallery, a lending library, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, cinemas, catering facilities, foyers and car parks.



An installation exploring two important social questions: who are our buildings and shared spaces for and how do they affect us? The jumping-off point for considering these questions is a previously unseen archive of work by the radical 1980s feminist architecture cooperative Matrix, who addressed the ways in which the design of the built environment excludes particular groups, particularly in relation to gender, race, and disability.

The Barbican Centre, until 10th September 2021.

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