Brutalist Brute - The Barbican Towers Illustrated Art Print

by Eye for London Prints

Brutalist Brute - The Barbican Towers Illustrated Art Print

This upside- down print illustrates the Barbican as a dystopian, disorientating entity. This mammoth building has a life of it's own and it's residents living in streets in the sky, far above the mortal world below.

Looking up at the tower from the bottom, makes me dizzy. The concrete balconies stacked over each other resembling a stairway to the clouds. 

Described by Queen Elizabeth as "one of the modern wonders of the world", the Barbican Estate in London is one of the largest examples of the Brutalist style and represents a utopian ideal for inner-city living.

The post-war complex was designed in the 1950s by British firm Chamberlin, Powell and Bon – a team of three young architects who had recently established their reputation by winning the the 1951 design competition for the nearby Golden Lane Estate.

With the Corporation of London as a client, the project was intended to create a mixed society of residents, but the change in politics brought in during Margaret Thatcher's term as Britain's prime minister inevitably led to the majority of homes being sold to private owners and landlords.

What is Brutalism?

Brutalism, or New Brutalism as it was sometimes referred to, has its roots in modernism but emerged as a movement against the architectural mainstream. It placed an emphasis on materials, textures and construction as well as functionality and equality. 

There has been a shift in attitude towards the architectural style of Brutalism – buildings once dismissed as ugly have now found themselves the objects of new found affection. People are coming out in support for some of the world’s most iconic buildings – voices louder and prouder than ever.

When it comes to Brutalist architecture, London is home to some of the finest examples on the planet.



Fine art Giclee Prints on Xpression smooth 300gsm thick paper available. (I love this, as the archival inks enhance the colours, on light texture) Reminds me a bit of the texture of concrete. (see last photo for Giclee ref)


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