At home with Little Scandinavian in the Barbican, London

by Scandinavian mum


The Barbican is at the heart of the City of London and is the creative heartbeat of this financial district. It’s also where the Little Scandinavian family lives. Please join our little house tour!

The Barbican Estate is one of the largest examples of the Brutalist style and represents a utopian ideal for inner-city living. The complex was designed by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and built between 1965 and 1976, on a 35-acre site that had been bombed in World War II. Today the Barbican as a whole is grade II listed.

The Barbican Centre houses galleries, conservatory, concert hall, a library, cinema and numerous cafes, bars and restaurants. The estate is also home to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the London Symphony Orchestra, making it a cultural quarter in the City of London where everyone can experience world-class arts and learning.

The Barbican also has its own church, a independent grocery shop, a gym and pool and a laundrette – in its original 70s style. And in the heart of the estate, surrounded by the pond lies City of London School for Girs.

The residential estate, housing over 4000 residents, consists of three tower blocks, 13 terrace blocks, two mews and The Postern, Wallside and Milton Court. These are grouped around a lake and green parks. The main buildings rise up to seven floors above a podium level, which links all the facilities in the Barbican, providing a pedestrian route above street level. Residents have car parks and bicycle storage at the periphery of the estate.

Once the tallest residential towers in London, but still with a marvellous view towards some of the landmarks of the capital; the Shard, the Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie.

The kitchen is original dating back to 1970’s.

Scandinavian furniture, both old and new classics lends itself to the functional and minimal design. Here is a mid-century modern cabinet bought from Forest London alongside leather chairs from HAY from Moleta Munro. The white Panthella Mini Table Lamp by Louis Poulsen is from Skandium.

The flat has three double bedrooms all with with panorama windows and direct access to the balcony; the generous master bedroom has a large walk in closet and ensuite bathroom.

Ensuite bathroom, with shower and a view!

This is me, going for a walk in our residents garden.

© Marianne Wie

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