Barbican Center

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Interior view of the foyer, gallery and library

The Barbican Center has been in operation since 1982 and is London's largest cultural and conference center . Located in the eastern part of the City of London , it includes the Barbican Hall (1949-seat concert hall), the Barbican Theater (1,166-seat theater), the Pit Theater (200-seat theater), the Barbican Art Gallery , three cinemas and seven conference halls . It is the seat of the London Symphony Orchestra .

Building history

The Barbican quarter in the city center of London was largely destroyed by attacks by the German Air Force ( The Blitz ) during World War II. In the 1950s, an architectural competition was held for its development. He was won by the then influential architecture firm Chamberlin, Powell and Bon . It worked out a project for the largest housing estate in the City of London ( Barbican Estate ) and for a cultural center. The Corporation of London had the Barbican Center built between 1971 and 1982 for £ 156 million at the time . On March 3, 1982, it was opened by Queen Elizabeth II .


  • Joachim G. Jacobs: London Barbican. A megastructure of modernity and its external spaces . In: Die Gartenkunst  24 (2/2012), pp. 285–302.

Web links

Commons : Barbican Center  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ "About Barbican," from the Barbican Center website . Retrieved February 1, 2009.
  2. ^ Barbican History . In: City of London website . Archived from the original on April 21, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2009.

Coordinates: 51 ° 31 ′ 13 ″  N , 0 ° 5 ′ 42 ″  W.