The Barbican Estate and Surroundings

On a cold Tuesday morning, I decided to have a short photography trip focussed specifically around the Barbican Estate, considered to be a prominent example of Brutalist Architecture. Defining features are the gardens, water features, and plants that adorn all sides of the buildings.

The Estate itself provided some great opportunities thanks to the harsh concrete aesthetic and strong geometric structure. But I was able to capitalise on some of the buildings surrounding the Estate to form a broader collection of photos.


A ramp at the Barbican Estate
A section of ramp on the Barbican Estate.

This photo showcases a section of the City of London Pedway, a scheme to have raised walkways throughout sections of the City which pedestrians could use. Ultimately the scheme was a failure and mothballed.

Rusted section of City of London Pedway Scheme

Another ramp at the Barbican Estate
Alternative angle of the ramp photo at the top.

The next two photos are from the water feature sections at the Barbican Estate.

Barbican Estate water feature with reflections

Another Barbican Estate water feature with reflections

A building outside of the Barbican Estate.

The Estate is well known for the many plants that hang around its walls and grounds, providing a counter to the harsh Brutalist concrete aesthetic.



A photograph that is in the slightly more traditional style I used to take.


Despite being a cold day, it was quite fruitful for photos. The Barbican Estate has a lot more to offer than just the above and if I want to experiment with light and shadow photography in the future, this would be the place to visit.

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3 thoughts on “The Barbican Estate and Surroundings

  1. I was walking here with a friend once, leaning backwards underneath a building and commented that there were flowers in the sky. He thought I was just more drunk than he realised till I insisted he look too! The area is beautiful for buildings and you got some amazing photos 😊

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  2. I have walked through the Barbican once with a friend after work drinks. I was leaning backwards underneath a building looking up, and mentioned there were flowers in the sky. He thought I was just more drunk than he realised until I insisted and said “look for yourself”. I love the gardens against the concrete and you’ve got some really lovely photos of it 🙂

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