The City of London launches design competition for major revamp of the Barbican Centre

The City of London Corporation has formally announced a major international design competition seeking teams to revamp and reenergize the Barbican Centre, the beloved Brutalist icon and multidisciplinary arts and cultural hub that anchors a massive post-war housing estate of the same name in central London. Per the Barbican Renewal website, the city is specifically on the hunt for a team that “can develop design solutions that will preserve and respect the complex’s original architectural vision and heritage, while adapting it to respond to the creative opportunities and urgent challenges of today’s world.”

Completed and debuted to the public in 1982, the Grade II-listed campus was designed by Chamberlin,

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