architecture

More from the Barbican

St Pancras

Chapter 1: She adored London, a city as passionate and beautiful as she was.

Towers

The Barbican

I am a big fan of Brutalist archie-tecture, it has something of a bad reputation due to some grim but well-intentioned social housing projects, but in fact the name just refers to the technique of finishing buildings with raw concrete (béton brut). Brutalism also makes much of straight lines, angles and solid geometry, and the Barbican is a lovely example of this.

Tamar Bridges

If you grow up in east Cornwall the main shopping place to go is Plymouth, which unfortunately is over the border in Devon, where they talk funny and are inbred and so forth. But you do get to go over this magnificent bridge. It was built in 1961, the UK’s longest suspension bridge at the time, and is still not paid for.

Brunel’s famous Royal Albert railway bridge. It is always a bit worrying going over this as the train has to go super slow, for fear of the whole thing collapsing into the river. I am sure it is not likely to collapse any time soon, but you cannot help thinking that as the train picks its way gingerly across.