Residents: Inside the iconic Barbican estate

Anton Rodriguez is another of our collaborating photographers lucky enough to live in the Barbican. As part of the VSCO Artist Initiative project, Anton began a photo series documenting Barbican residents within the intimate settings of their own homes.

The post-war estate is one of the largest examples of Brutalist architecture and represents a utopian ideal for inner-city living. Behind its concrete exterior the 40 acre estate reveals an urban oasis with landscaped gardens, a lake, its own school and church as well as a concert hall and arts complex. With an estimated 4000 residents living in the Barbican, there are over 2000 flats with no less than a 140 different types of flat layouts.

With each space as unique as the individual within it, Anton's project satisfies both a longing to know more about his neighbours and a desire to capture the essence of the Brutalist Barbican architecture. A rare glimpse of what goes on within the Barbican Estate, as you don’t often get to see it from the inside.

Residents: Inside the iconic Barbican estate is available exclusively at the Barbican.

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