Similarities with Golden Lane Estate

There are a number of distinctive features of Chamberlin, Powell and Bon’s philosophy of urban planning which they employed in the Golden Lane Estate (1952 – 1962), many of which are also employed in the Barbican Estate (which was on the drawing board by 1954). These features are:

  • A wide range of facilities, not just housing, on the site.
  • Obliterating the original road pattern from the site.
  • The estate looking in on itself.
  • Courtyards set out in formal grids.
  • Combinations of terraces to create private internal space.
  • Terraces with regular rhythms of windows.
  • Terraces on Corbusian pilotis (pillars) to allow walking beneath the building.
  • Spaces and the relationship between the buildings regarded as important.
  • Differentiation of public spaces and private residential areas.
  • Towers to reduce ground density.
  • Use of coloured panels. (This was also a feature the Barbican design till the early 1960s, when textured concrete replaced them.)
  • Use of bush-hammered concrete. This was used on the facades of Crescent House (completed in 1962) and later replaced the original plan for marble facings on the Barbican buildings.