Frobisher Crescent in the Barbican Estate


Frobisher Crescent is the crescent-shaped building north-west of the Barbican Centre. Its design is based on Jewin Crescent that formerly stood here and was damaged during the Second World War.  Chamberlin, Powell and Bon planned the area within the crescent as a ‘sculpture court’ but it has was never been used as such.

Frobisher Crescent forms part of the Barbican Centre. It links to the Barbican Centre itself on its east side, and some of the Barbican Centre facilities are underneath and form part of Frobisher Crescent. Frobisher Crescent also straddles the two levels or podia – north and south – of the Barbican Estate.


There are 69 studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartments on three floors (7, 8 and 9). They are described in detail in the ‘Flats’ page.


The building has nine ‘levels’ in all.

Levels 1 to 3. Levels 1 to 3 are taken up by car parking and void parts of the building.

Levels 4 to 6. There are six levels or floors above podium level. The lower three floors above podium level (levels or floors 4 – 6) are occupied by the Barbican Centre.

Levels 7 to 9. The top three floors (levels or floors 7 to 9) are where the new flats have been created.