Eric

Can you tell me about yourself?

I am a Frenchman and a Londoner for 18 years.

What is your occupation?

Architect and land artist.

What drew you to move to the Barbican?

It is one of the few places in London where you can live in a well looked after modern environment centrally. The flats are very well planned and have generous outside spaces. 

The presence of the various cultural institutions such as the cinema and gallery was also attractive.

We love the Brutalist aesthetic that gives the Barbican the feel of inhabited cliffs overlooking gardens; the buildings look like rocks carved by an ancient civilisation. The stunning detailing throughout means that the architecture is as beautiful when you are close to it and it ages well. 

What drew you to move to the Barbican?

It is one of the few places in London where you can live in a well looked after modern environment centrally. The flats are very well planned and have generous outside spaces. 

The presence of the various cultural institutions such as the cinema and gallery was also attractive.

We love the Brutalist aesthetic that gives the Barbican the feel of inhabited cliffs overlooking gardens; the buildings look like rocks carved by an ancient civilisation. The stunning detailing throughout means that the architecture is as beautiful when you are close to it and it ages well. 

How long have you lived on the estate?

Almost 2 years

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What is your favourite feature of the barbican flats?

The large windows giving the sunlight and views of the city. It always relaxes me when I come back from work.

How have you found it living here?

Comfortable, calm, the estate and the residents are well cared for. It is an easy life. We can’t imagine leaving.