Built in the post-war era, and officially opened in 1982, the Barbican symbolizes hope and rebirth, a vision for a brighter future. Located in an area once devastated during the Blitz, the Barbican is as imposing in its dimension as it is extraordinary in its ambition. The architects, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, were inspired by Le Corbusier and modern utopian thinking about the perfect way to live in the city. Built using concrete, exposed brick and glass, it consists of three 40-storey tower blocks, thirteen terrace blocks, two mews and two blocks of townhouses arranged around communal spaces, elevated walkways and interconnected structures. Its design fosters ideals of harmonious living, both individually and collectively, connecting residents to both the urban environment and nature. While similar projects were created as council houses, the Barbican was intended for an audience described by the architects as “young professionals, likely to have a taste for Mediterranean holidays, French food and Scandinavian design”. And so it happened: Barbican residents include journalists, theatre and cinema directors, writers, architects and artists, along with magnates and financiers, with demand and prices now higher than ever.