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The pioneering scheme is celebrating its 40th birthday. Former managing director Nicholas Kenyon explains how the initial plans for a residential development evolved
One of the key mysteries of the Barbican Centre is why it ended up with its most important arts venues – the concert hall and the theatre – buried underground in the pioneering development. The story is instructive because, like many innovative schemes, the Barbican evolved a great deal in the long course of its design. But its final shape enabled the centre to become an arts venue of international standing and reputation.
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