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David Hoffman | The Barbican Estate, 1975.

British Culture Archive | October, 2019.

2018 saw fifty years since the first tenants of London’s Barbican Estate moved into their new homes. Aimed at young professionals working in the city the estate was conceived by the City of London and designed in a Brutalist style by celebrated British architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. The three young architects had previously established their reputation by winning the 1951 design competition for the nearby Golden Lane Estate.

Back in 1975 photographer David Hoffman documented life on this landmark estate, capturing not just an estate still in development but also a very different Britain.

David wanted to document the drastic changes to the landscape of the city. The shops, cafés and places he and his friends were familiar with were being bulldozed and made way for developments that were unaffordable and out of reach to them.

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