All along the watchtower

Always one of my least favourite parts of London, the concrete maze that is the Barbican has had me dazed and confused on many a visit. Now this iconic connurbation has begun to display some allure, to my architect’s eye at least, beginning here with the sweep of the Crescent House estate and its faux Tudor and Georgian elements, reworked in concrete and metal (and a HDR effect for emphasis of line).

crescent house, goswell road, barbican
crescent house: click to enlarge

The Barbican may be a fifties experiment in social development but its roots lie with the Romans who walled the city here and gave us its name – watchtower. Now I understand what Dylan was singing about:

“There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief,
“There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief”.
All along the watchtower

Grade II listed  Crescent House


6 thoughts on “All along the watchtower

  1. Can’t say I’m much attracted to the place but the layout of the picture draws one in to examine it. Wondering how much greenery you’d find in the gutters. Certainly no trees in sight!

Comments are closed.