Barbican Centre

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Silk St, London, United Kingdom
Barbican Centre - BARBICAN CENTRE The concert hall
Barbican Centre - BARBICAN CENTRE the wooden floor
Barbican Centre - BARBICAN CENTRE staircases
Barbican Centre - BARBICAN CENTRE A lobby
Barbican Centre - BARBICAN CENTRE The waterside 'piazza'

Barbican Centre London Reviews

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A long tunnel containing Beech Street runs under the Barbican from Goswell Street to Silk Street that leads south to the main entrance of the BARBICAN CENTRE. The tunnel carries both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians may avoid the tunnel by walking along a series of walkways that weave between the brutalist architectural blocks above the tunnel before descending via a stairway to the ‘piazza’, the Barbican Lake Terrace, that runs between the Centre and a body of water with fountains.

The common parts, the lobbies, waiting areas, and staircases, of the Centre are a disaster. Whoever designed it must have been determined to make it as difficult as possible for, even regular, visitors to find their way around. To get from A to B, the visitor is forced to go up one set of stairs and down another even if A and B are actually on the same level. Signposting is terrible. So, it is lucky that there are plenty of staff members to ask for directions. On top of that, the interior design is ugly. Parts of the building bring to my mind some of the sets of Fritz Lang’s 1927 film “Metropolis”, the rest is non-descript. The only thing that I like in the common parts is an expanse of flooring made from wooden rectangles, rather like parquet flooring.

Entering the Barbican Concert Hall from the common parts of the Centre is a delightful relief.

This spacious hall is beautiful with its walls lined with wood panels and its ceiling with curved metal sheets. The seats are comfortable and well-spaced so that people may walk along a row without having to ask seated people to stand up to let them pass. Every seat has a good view of the stage. This is also the case with the Barbican Centre’s magnificent theatre. Even sitting in the back rows of the hall furthest from the stage, there is no problem hearing even the quietest sound produced by the performers. The acoustics of the hall are near perfect. This hall is a wonderful place to hear music – whether it be performed by a soloist or a full orchestra.
BARBICAN CENTRE The waterside 'pia…
BARBICAN CENTRE the wooden floor
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