History: Barbican Estate was built between 1965 and 1976 on a site which has been bombed during World War II (140 000 m²). Its architects were Peter Chamberlin, Geoffry Powell and Christoph Bon whose work is now Listed Buildings. It has been designed to supply a home to 4 000 people (2000 flats)
Barbican Centre though was built long after Barbican Estate. It is only in 1982 that the City of London Corporation decided to build the largest performing Arts Centre in Europe. In fact, Barbican Centre is composed by a 2000 seat concert hall (home of London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra), a 1100 seat theatre, another flexible 200 seat theatre venue, an art gallery, a cinema, a conservatory, three restaurants and seven conference facilities.