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AHMM’s revamp of the Barbican shop opens

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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) has completed the Barbican’s new shop

ARCHITECT’S VIEW

The 330m2 shop replaces the Barbican’s ticket desk and is spread over two floors within the Grade II-listed Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed building. 

Alongside retail space the shop also provides enough space to host events and bring the Barbican’s cultural programme into the store. 

The scheme is the lastest of AHMM’s projects at the building which began more than a decade ago with a major overhaul of the arts centre’s public spaces. 

In 2013, the practice also completed the first new venue since the Barbican Arts Centre opened in 1982 - the £3.4 million Barbican Cinemas scheme

AHMM's Barbican shop

AHMM’s Barbican shop

Source: Nicholas Triantafyllou

Architect’s view

We’re really pleased that the design as realised has achieved all that we had hoped for - a discreet yet accessible prescence within the Barbican foyers. 

The carefully composed displays bring an enjoyable new moment at this point of entry (off Silk Street) while, importantly, the long views across the foyers are preserved. 

Working within the language of materials which was established in our 2006 overhaul of the Barbican’s public spaces, the new shop looks as though it might just have always been there, while its split level arrangement with new lift and staircase brings the mezzanine into ready use for all the centre’s visitors in a new way. 

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  • The fact that the London Barbican is grade 2 listed makes it all the more nonsensical that the 'Culture Secretary in our current government has ignored expert advice, refused to list the Durham University students' union to prevent it being vandalised or flattened, and is 'minded to approve a certificate of immunity'.

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