Diana & Genki

Diana & Genki

Can you tell me about yourself?

Diana is from Kyiv, Ukraine, moved to the UK 3 years ago to do an MA at the National Film and Television School. 

Genki - born and raised in North London. His mother is Japanese, from Miyazaki in Kyushu, his dad is from Leeds.

What is your occupation?

Diana: Cinematographer.

Genki: Filmmaker/lighting gaffer. Started working in the film industry 10 years ago after graduating film school. Specialises in commercial and feature lighting.

What drew you to move to the Barbican?

Diana: Every time I visited the area I kept wandering around, endlessly inspired and moved.

It was like a dream to live here - and, as we know, dreams come true. :)

How long have you lived on the estate?

1 month

What is your favourite feature of Barbican flats?

Genki: The light! The glorious amounts of natural daylight flooding the apartment!

Diana: The balcony and massive windows floor to ceiling. Space. A lot of it. It's big bright bedroom.
Curious kitchen with the sci-fi lighting. Long bathroom with old school check tile…

We love every single part of it!

How have you found it living in the barbican estate?

It seems very friendly and inclusive, people always say hello and have a chat when you get into a lift, there's a very nice sense of community, and having access to the centre and everything it offers is incredible. The complex itself is so fascinating to walk around and explore the architecture. 

Diana: I never really felt like going home after a long day. After I moved to this place I can’t wait to come back home and feel it again - great vibe, location and atmosphere. The art of life.