Tom Morris

Can you tell me about yourself?

I was born and raised mostly on the south coast in Hampshire with a few years spent living in Paris. I moved to London to study history of art at UCL and have been here ever since. 

How long have you lived on the Estate?

Almost five years.


What is your occupation?

I’m a design editor and consultant. I’m currently finishing work on a book about contemporary ceramics called “New Wave Clay”. 


What drew you to move to the Barbican?

The architecture. I went to school in Portsmouth. Like this part of London, a lot of the city had been bombed during the war and then rebuilt in the 1960s. Some of it was done very badly, but there was one stunning mixed-use building called the Tricorn that we’d drive past every day to get to school. It was designed by Owen Luder and Rodney Gordon and was my first taste of Brutalism. The Barbican appealed in a weirdly nostalgic way to the schoolboy in me.  

Your favourite feature of Barbican flats?

In my flat: the vaulted ceiling, light, view and laboratory-style grid tiling in the bathroom. More generally, they’re all incredibly well proportioned and almost silent.

How have you found it living in the barbican estate?

It’s like living in the countryside sometimes with the sound of tennis being played downstairs, church bells and squirrels running around on the balcony. I love the library, the local pub on Whitecross Street and the mix of people who live here too. 

Are there any downsides to the Barbican?

Getting Deliveroo to find your front door is always a nightmare.