Barbican Penthouse Over the City / Edition 1

Barbican Penthouse Over the City / Edition 1

by David Heathcote, D. J. Heathcote
     
 

ISBN-10: 0470851430

ISBN-13: 9780470851432

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Wiley

Penthouse Over the City sheds light on one of the most ambitious, and controversial, architectural undertakings of the last century; the Barbican Estate.

This leviathan project, with its futuristic vision and Byzantine intricacy included, in its final incarnation, the highest apartments in Europe, an underground railway and an arts centre composed of a theatre,

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Overview

Penthouse Over the City sheds light on one of the most ambitious, and controversial, architectural undertakings of the last century; the Barbican Estate.

This leviathan project, with its futuristic vision and Byzantine intricacy included, in its final incarnation, the highest apartments in Europe, an underground railway and an arts centre composed of a theatre, concert hall, art galleries, cinemas and a library.

Its grand-scale conception included elements drawn from the rustication of Florentine palaces, the water and walkways of Venice, the elegant squares of Georgian London and the high-rise designs of the U.S.

Today, the cultural and architectural communities are re-assessing the site's significance in light of the achievement it represents. To its residents, Barbican living is an addiction. Its story spans decades or changing ideologies and tastes, and this book tells its full story for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470851432
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
9.66(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

SECTION 1: RECONSTRUCTION.

London Replanned.

Reconstruction Plans Challenged.

SECTION 2: BARBICAN PLANNED.

First Plans for the Barbican – Catalyst and Reaction.

CP&B Plan for the Barbican Site.

CP&B 1956 Plan.

After 1956 and Before 1959.

SECTION 3: BARBICAN REGAINED.

The 1959 Plan and Later Changes.

The 1959 Arts Centre.

Modernism, Historicism and the Architects' Practice.

The Arts Centre.

Brutalism.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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