Chamberlin, Powell, Bon, Arup. Barbican. London

July 23, 2012

Chamberlin, Powell, Bon, Arup. Barbican. London

Project published in 10 Stories of Collective Housing

On winning the Barbican competition, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon were commissioned to design a proposal to raise the amount of dwellings density to the City by incorporating not only residential uses but also providing education and culture-centred buildings. The aim was for the heart of the city to appeal to the widest range of potential residents who could afford to pay a reasonable rent.

Five different mixes were introduced for the layout. The first was direction-related, mixing long blocks with towers. The second was typology-related, combining high-rise access shafts with interior passageways, with communal staircases for two dwellings per floor, and terraced houses. Thirdly, the option of the semi-open block aligned to the road in some cases and in other cases integrated into the network of pedestrian walkways. Fourthly, mixing private, semi-public, and public open spaces with water features, vegetation and hard pavements. Finally, mixing education and culture-related uses into the residential programme with a drawing power which reached far beyond the sphere of the local area.

 

Photos by a+t research group.

 

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