Brut at its Best: Barbicaniaby Gili Merin | 17.05.16
It was selected as Britain’s ugliest building yet hailed by Queen Elizabeth as a world wonder; The Barbican, one of the most controversial projects of Modern architectural history, is opening its brutalist gates in the documentary Barbicania, showcasing this week at Tel Aviv’s 18th annual Docaviv festival. Built between 1965 and 1976 on the ruins of a World War II-destroyed quarter of London, the Barbican Estate is an intricate maze of floating walkways, hanging gardens and rising concrete towers, and a living monument to one of architectural history’s most ambitious moments.
In Barbicania, award-winning filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine (known for last year’s architectural feature, The Infinite Happiness and the classic Koolhaas Houselife) portray one month in the life of the Barbican – “from the top floors of the towers to the underground levels of the art center”. The creators find their way into the hearts of the inhabitants, only to discover a colorful puzzle of (mostly) obscure personalities encased within the grey and coarse exteriors of this once-utopian district.
Watch the Trailer on Vimeo.