A Look Inside the Homes of the Barbican
While the beauty (or lack of it) of the City of London’s Barbican Estate is often debated, one thing that’s undeniable is its iconic status in the city. But with that iconic status comes a plethora of questions: Who actually lives there? Are the flats as Brutalist as the exterior suggest? And do regulations really prohibit changing bathplugs?
Well, photographer Anton Rodriguez has saved everybody by the trouble of asking by documenting the interiors of 22 homes at the Barbican Estate for his new book, ‘Residents: Inside the Iconic Barbican Estate.’
Although Brutalism has seen a bit of a revival in recent years, the Barbican still naturally divides opinion. The Grade-II-listed estate was voted London’s ugliest building in 2003 and was voted similar in 2014 by architecture blog Dezeen despite also being called ‘a utopian ideal for inner-city living.’
Rather amazingly – as well as the exhibition centre – the Barbican is home to approximately 4,000 people – that’s half the population living within the official City of London borders. But such is the privacy of the place, average Joes rarely get an insight into the estate. Until now…
Anton Rodriquez’ book goes directly into the homes of 22 residents with a series of images and interviews depicting everyday life. From the small amount of images we’ve seen, it look fascinating with glaring differences in each abode. Some interiors are contemporary in design while some don’t seem to have changed since the Barbican was built back in the 60s.
You can purchase Anton Rodriguez’ new book ‘Residents: Inside the Iconic Barbican Estate’ now over at the Barbican Website, priced at £30.
All photography by Anton Rodriguez.