THE BARBICAN - BRUTALIST ARCHITECTURE

You either hate or love the Barbican Centre. This 70s brutalist architecture building is designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. The first time I saw and visited this gigantic building I went to see the exhibition of Charles and Ray Eames. At first sight I found it a really ugly, bombastic building. The inside is really heavy because of the material use like a mass of concrete, dark woods, dark carpet and steel. The building is like a maze, I got lost at first, because of the many levels and walkways. After the exhibition my eye caught a view to an open area in the middle of this mass of concrete. There was some sort of exotic vibe. I didn’t have the feeling of being in London anymore. Maybe it were the palm trees, maybe something else, I don’t know. There was something interesting about the way different materials, different shapes and different levels were combined. I can’t describe the feeling, but I love this terrace area. I’m definitely coming back when the sun shines and will drink a nice cocktail with a book on one of the benches.