I am absolutely in love with the Barbican centre as a building and idea and so when it came to my final project for my photography course last year, knew what I wanted to focus on.
The Barbican centre houses an arts centre (with theatres, cinemas and gallery as well as large foyer spaces and restaurants for relaxing in), a library, a girls' secondary school, a music school and homes. And, as well as the architecture which I find fascinating, this is what I love. That people are living in these majestic skyscrapers, townhouses and apartments, with their own private gardens, playground and tennis court, yet they're right in the middle of a very busy arts centre.
Built over the course of about 30 years, the estate started off as a forward-thinking response to all the cars on the streets (thus all the above ground walkways) and the way the architects thought we should be living, and was finished off all those years later as something that many people don't like the look of. I think it's gorgeous.
I love all the jutting lines and the juxtaposition of grey stone and white facade, the repetitive circle motif you see everywhere- and the fact that you can so easily get lost when you get in a lift (they don't all go to all floors!) It's just a place that makes me so happy to mooch around and I think there are so many interesting vantage points, wherever you look there's something a bit different.