Architects chosen to lead £150m Barbican redesign | News

A team consisting of Allies, Morrison and Asif Khan have been chosen to lead the modernization of the Barbican Centre.

The City of London Corporation yesterday announced the full design team for the planned £50-150million redesign of the Grade II listed arts center in east London.

Along with Allies, Morrison and Asif Khan, the winning design team includes engineer Buro Happold, heritage expert Alan Baxter and theatre, acoustics and digital consultancy, Charcoalblue.

Hood Design Studio will act as landscape architects, Isaac Julien and Nadia Fall as artistic advisors, while the scouts will be the lighting design agency for the project.

The winning team saw competition from four other collaborations: Adjaye Associates, with Benedetti Architects and PUP Architects; BIG with Avanti Architects and POoR Collective; the American firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro with McCloy + Muchemwa and Purcell; and Feilden Clegg Bradlly Studios with Bureau de Change, Shulze+Grassov and Thinc.

The arts center, part of a historic post-war housing estate designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, is home to three cinemas, two art galleries, a concert hall and several theaters.

The brutalist icon was completed by John Laing in the early 1980s. It was one of a series of high-profile projects the contractor carried out during his heyday, including repairing the bomb-damaged Coventry Cathedral, the construction of the M1 and the completion of the Severn Crossing.

The City Corporation launched a competition last September, with the design brief outlining the need for design solutions that “preserve and respect the complex’s original architectural vision and heritage, while adapting it to meet creative opportunities.” and the pressing challenges of today’s world”.

The decision to redevelop the site came after a £288million plan to build a concert venue in the city – the so-called Music Center – was scrapped due to pandemic-related funding concerns. . This diagram would have been designed by Diller Scofidio & Renfro.

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