a landscape lover's blog

garden tales from a Brit at home and abroad

A modernist fortress

Today I am delighted to be a guest contributor on Lula Alvarez’s blog, On Botanical Photography. We have jointly produced a photo-essay on on the Barbican in London, Lula taking the wonderful photographs of this modernist fortress, with me supplying the accompanying text. For both of us, the Barbican is one of the most fascinating sites in the capital.

Here’s a photo I took last month from the London Eye, showing the three Barbican towers amidst the endearing jumble of architecture that makes up the City of London. For more on the Barbican’s remarkable intertwining of Brutalist architecture and lush landscapes, have a look at Lula’s blog.

Barbican Towers

5 comments on “A modernist fortress

  1. maggie
    May 9, 2011

    Thank you for introducing me to this development, and for describing its features. I now add it to my list of places to go. Your collaboration with Lula’s photography made a very satifying post.

    • landscapelover
      May 9, 2011

      Thanks – the Barbican is a rather extraordinary place, like a world apart from the frenzy and clutter of much of the capital. Certainly worth a visit – look for events at the Arts Centre or the Museum of London (both located in the Barbican) and take the opportunity to wander through the rest of the complex while you are there.

  2. Left a comment with Lula–excellent post.

  3. Alex Bishop
    June 12, 2011

    Interesting comments here about the Barbican. I am responsible for the teams that care for the small open spaces in the City of London. We have five gardeners looking after the grounds of the estate. One of the amazing aspects of the landscape is the large expanse of lakes within the centre. You cant hear any noise from the surrounding City when your in the centre.

    • landscapelover
      June 13, 2011

      Alex, thanks for calling by. It’s always a joy when you blog about a place and then someone who works there gets in touch. The water at the Barbican is splendid – and thanks for mentioning the way those cascades and fountains change the soundscape, which I had omitted to mention in my guest post, but is an important part of the experience of the place.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on May 8, 2011 by in Gardens, Modern design, UK and tagged .

Discover other landscape lover articles on these sites:

On Botanical Photography
Soiled and Seeded
Along Life's Highway

Enter your email address to subscribe to my blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 299 other followers


%d bloggers like this: