Barbican Arts Centre

London. 2006

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2006
  • Cost: £12.6 Million
  • Clients: City of London Corporation

The Barbican Arts Centre is a redevelopment project that deals with layers of fabric to interweave the past, present and future into a recharged piece of architecture. The original development was characterised by notoriously difficult visitor navigation – a confusion made worse by the lack of street address (its several entrances linked to carparking and a London-wide ‘skyway’ system that was never fully realised) and years of accumulated visual clutter. To clarify entry, a former ‘back door’ on Silk Street is made more prominent through the closure of the former roadway and the introduction of a new entrance portal. To clarify circulation, a wide new bridge – set back from the theatre façade and leading on to de-cluttered internal high street – is inserted to take visitors from the new Silk Street entrance right across to Lakeside in a single, unambiguous route. The language of the architectural interventions, including two new entrances, the new bridge, interval bars and information and ticket points, is that of a family of crisply-defined, over-scaled ‘portals’ that sit confidently within the robust original spaces.

Awards

Design Week Wayfinding & Environmental Graphics Award 2007 RIBA Award for Architecture 2007

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19/09/2019

Open House London 2019

This weekend (21-22 September) AHMM will be participating in Open House London, the annual architecture festival that gives access to hundreds of buildings across the city, some of which are normally closed to the public. Three AHMM buildings will be offering architect-led tours: New Scotland Yard, The Bower, and White Collar Factory. The Library at Willesden Green, Barking Town Centre and the Barbican Centre will also be taking part. On Sunday, AHMM will be repeating its very popular Mini City Home Inventors event for Open House Families. See the full Open House programme here.

 



 

19/09/2018

Open House 2018

AHMM is once again taking part in Open House London, the annual architecture festival that gives public access to hundreds of buildings across the city. This year’s programme takes place this weekend, and six AHMM buildings join the programme with architect-led tours of New Scotland Yard, Television Centre and White Collar Factory; The Library at Willesden Green, Barking Town Centre and the Barbican Centre will also be open to the public. Find out more about these and the full programme here.

 



 

22/08/2018

Open House 2018

AHMM is once again taking part in Open House London, the annual architecture festival that gives public access to hundreds of buildings across the city. This year’s programme takes place on the weekend of 22 and 23 September, and seven AHMM buildings join the programme with architect-led tours of Adelaide Wharf, New Scotland Yard, Television Centre and White Collar Factory; The Library at Willesden Green, Barking Town Centre and the Barbican Centre will also be open to the public. Find out more about these and the full programme here.

 



 

New Barbican shop opens

14/12/2016

New Barbican shop opens

The new Barbican Centre shop, AHMM’s latest intervention at the Barbican Arts Centre, is now open. The two-storey shop, which includes an accessible lift and glazed stair, replaces the existing advanced ticket sales desk near the Silk Street entrance, extending out onto a new mezzanine level but preserving views through and giving a sense of ‘having always been there’. Brass detailing and the continuation of the AHMM-designed carpet introduced as part of our earlier reinvention of the public spaces further unite the new addition with the existing building. Read an interview with Peter Morris about the project on the Barbican blog.
 



 

Barbican Retail

17/05/2016

Barbican Retail

Following a delegated decision from the City of London on Friday, the Secretary of State has granted Listed Building Consent for the creation of a new shop within the Barbican Arts Centre. AHMM’s latest intervention at the Barbican creates a new retail unit in a visible and accessible location, more appropriate to the Barbican Centre’s size and requirements.

 




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