Alexandra Road Estate

One of the other architectural highlights of our recent trip to London was getting to visit the Alexandra Road Estate in Camden. Like the Barbican, it is a brutalist housing marvel, albeit with a much different look. The apartments rise up, stadium-like, from pedestrian paths separating different sections. While the rising concrete terraces can seem overwhelming, there is ample greenery at all levels. 

It started to rain as we arrived, but thankfully it lasted for only a few minutes. The wet pathways took on a sheen that I quite enjoy, however, and made for some nice highlights in these photos.

All photos taken on a Leica M6 with Kodak Portra 400 and Tri-X 400.

The Barbican

One of the true highlights of our trip to London was getting to see the Barbican in person for the first time. For the unfamiliar, the Barbican is a huge residential complex built in the 60's and 70's's in true Brutalist style. It is a shining example of that style of architecture - as a fan there is no place I've wanted to visit more. I'll admit I had tears in my eyes when I was finally there. It was a quiet Sunday afternoon; with few people around, we felt like we had the entire place to ourselves. Wandering around the massive concrete structures, it's easy to feel so small. There was a certain coziness about the space, though, given how well green spaces and plantings are used within the cold concrete. Luckily it was the one day of the week when the on-site conservatory was open, and we got to explore that gorgeous space as well. 

Photographs taken with a Mamiya 7ii and Leica M6, using Fuji 400h, Provia 100f and Kodak Tri-X 400.