Olivier

Can you tell me about yourself?

I was born in France and grew up in the French Alps before moving to London in the early 1990's. I have now lived in London for more than half my life.

What is your occupation?

I am a language tutor. I teach French to adults with either a professional or personal interest in French language and culture.

What drew you to move to the Barbican?

First the architecture, as we (my partner and I ) knew the Barbican as visitors. Then, as soon as we walked in to what was to be our home, the space, light and design captured us.

How long have you lived on the estate?

Just over 13 years now and still adore the flat and the estate as a whole.

 What is your favourite feature of the barbican flats?

In our triplex,  it has to be the amazing staircase! But close second is the barrel vaulted ceiling in the top floor room.

How have you found it living here?

It has been joyous! I walk or cycle everywhere. The amazing world class art centre on our doorstep is a big bonus. Neighbours, with one or two exceptions, have always been wonderful. I cannot imagine living anywhere else in London anymore. Once you move to, and experience the Barbican... You never leave!