The Barbican Centre, designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon in the Brutalist style, has a complex multi-level layout with numerous entrances. Lines painted on the ground help would-be audience members avoid getting lost on the walkways of the Barbican Housing Estate on the way to the centre. The Barbican Centre's design – a concrete ziggurat – has always been controversial and divides opinion. It was voted "London's ugliest building" in a Grey London poll in September 2003. #barbican#barbicancenter#london#brutalistarchitecture
2/3 This month’s #architecturefriday is curated by @phaidonsnaps. Phaidon is showcasing contemporary brutalist architecture from its architectural books including the forthcoming book #AtlasofBrutalistArchitecture. Today we’re focusing on Tadao Ando’s The Colours Of Light, with three photographs of the Chikatsu-Asuka Historical Museum in Osaka, Japan, shot by Richard Pare.
The usual boundaries between architecture and conceptual art are breached. The visitor is engaged physically, perceptually and intellectually. And yet, no move is wilful. Despite the sculptural abstraction, each part has a logical functional purpose, and each part is inextricably related to the building’s use and location arguably as much a land-form as a building, rarely does architecture approach such lyricism.