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Inside the Barbican Estate Through the Lens of Anton Rodriguez

SEEN loves Brutalism, and the Barbican Estate is London’s best-known examples of this controversial architectural style. We’ve previously sneaked into the beautiful Barbican Tower flat belonging to Laurence Quinn.

Now we are happy to announce that the Barbican has released a beautiful book featuring the interior of more than 22 Barbican residences through the pictures of Anton Rodriguez, a professional photographer and a proud Barbican resident.


In this handsome book, entitled ‘Residents: Inside the Iconic Barbican Estate’, Anton Rodriguez (a German-born and Liverpool-raised professional photographer now based in London), has combined his passion for both photography and the Barbican in this stylish photographic publication. Anton’s photographs shine a light on the incredible interiors and creative people who live in the iconic Brutalist estate, in this 160-page book. He shoots a mixture of portrait and fashion alongside his personal project on Barbican Residents.



Designed by architects Chamberlain, Powel and Bon in the 60’s with the aspiration of bringing a better way of life to its residents, the Barbican Estate was described by Queen Elizabeth II as “one of the wonders of the modern world” during its opening in 1982. Two decades later, it was voted London’s ugliest building. Today, properties are selling for as much as £4,000,000 and residents seem to be very happy to live in this exclusive oasis of peace in the middle of the city.



Many books and articles have been published about this architectural icon, but little is known about the spaces and people that live within. Now we have the rare opportunity get to know the people that inhabit this beautiful residential space through the lens of Anton Rodriguez. As Tom Dixon says in ‘Barbican: Life, History, Architecture (2014)’: “the Barbican reminds us of how different it all could have been.”

The book also features an essay by design writer, Katie Treggiden, looking at the history of the site and exploring why there is such an interest in seeing ‘behind the scenes’.


This book is exclusive to the Barbican and is available to buy online from the Barbican Shop.

Barbican Centre
Silk Street


Photography by Anton Rodriguez