Olivia & Adrian

Can you tell me about yourself?

I grew up in Ickenham, just outside London, then lived in Edinburgh, Kiribati, LA and New York.
My husband, Adrian, is from Guernsey and moved to London after finishing law school.

What is your occupation?

I work in media product strategy in Soho, and at the moment i'm creating an on demand TV service called Freeview Play.
My husband Adrian is in finance, and loves being able to walk into work in Canon Street every day.

What drew you to move here?

I remember coming up from suburbia to concerts here as a child, getting lost on the podium and thinking it was pretty stark; but then my co-worker at the BBC told me to look at some flats here when I wanted to move out of Borough where I used to live,  I realised how comfortable and fun it is to live here.

How long have you lived in the Barbican?

We both moved into the Barbican in 2009, but I was in Ben Jonson House and Adrian was renovating this flat in Lauderdale Tower (which is where we both now live). We met at a Barbican residents meeting, and now have two ‘Barbican-bred’ children who go to nursery on the estate.

What is your favourite feature of the barbican flats?

I love so many things about the flats; the ambitious features like the hand-textured concrete, the calm podium walkways, and communal underfloor heating, and  countless smaller details, like the deliberate small shadow gap where the internal walls meet the ceilings.
The only thing I haven’t fallen for, which many residents like, is the garchey.

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How have you found it living here?

One of the things that makes the Barbican so great are the other people living here.
We have warm and considerate neighbours, charming porters, and lots of friends met through parents’ groups on the estate.