Mark & David

Mark & David

Can you tell me about yourself?

I was brought up in Oxfordshire, but my father came from Dalston. My father  was born in 1914 and loved the Barbican as a piece of Architecture and a vision of a better London, sadly he had died before we bought this flat.

What is your occupation?

I am a architect and a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects with over 20 years’ experience practicing in my field.

What drew you to move to the Barbican?

We had never really thought about actually living here, although we had a friend who lived in Lauderdale Tower in the 90s. Whilst cycling past an estate agent one day I saw the plan of this flat and called David. It was such a great floor plan and was the same price as the flat we were selling in Arsenal (year was 2001),  We decided to buy it and moved in a few months later.

How long have you lived on the estate?

14 years.

What is your favourite feature of the barbican flats?

We love the layout and the detailing because its classic Modernist, we had to do hardly anything to it when we moved in.
The resident gardens are fantastic too and the Barbican Centre of course. 

How have you found it living here?

Although it can be  nicely anonymous, it’s fascinating watching people you see all the time getting older or children growing up. 

It feels  so physically separate from the surroundings, it's very self contained, like a village or a campus with old people!