Art & Design

March 23, 2017

Look Inside London’s Brutalist Icon

Check the interiors behind the Barbican's hard facade

  • Written by Iona Goulder

Among London’s concrete masterpieces, the Chamberlin, Powell & Bon designed Barbican is an all-time favourite for architecture and design fans alike. Despite being voted the “ugliest building” in the city at the turn of the century, the sprawling space has rallied back against its critics to become a genuine icon on London’s skyline.


But while the concrete façade is well-documented, its mid-century interiors aren’t. Which is why photographer Anton Rodriguez and writer Katie Treggiden wanted to go ‘behind the scenes’ of the iconic estate: to shine a light on the Danish sideboards, chrome pendant lamps and Beni Ourain rugs within.

Residents is a book featuring 22 beautifully shot apartments inside Barbican, as well as stories about the people who inhabit them. Published by Barbican, it offers a rare opportunity to lust after the interiors of a design dreamscape. Or just get inspiration for your next purchase…



Residents book (spread 2) - Photography by Anton Rodriguez, Design by EACH London

Residents book (without cover) - Photography by Anton Rodriguez, Design by EACH London


All photography by Anton Rodriguez


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