After a long period of review and debate, the Barbican was commissioned to be built in order to rejuvenate the area. Backed by the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company, audiences continue to visit the Barbican to see world-class productions.
The Barbican was opened in 1982 as what was described architecturally as a ‘brutalist ziggurat’ – or what most people would call a ‘concrete pyramid’. Comments about the appearance led to a beautification process in the 1990s, when statues and decorations were installed to make the area surrounding the grey buildings a little more aesthetically pleasing. Bold signs and painted lines were added in the 2000s to make it easier for patrons to find their way round.
The Barbican Centre also underwent a £35 million redesign in 2007 to celebrate its 25th anniversary, making it more accessible and modern. The Royal Shakespeare Company perform productions at the Barbican annually.