The Barbican Estate
Recently we had the privilege to be asked to design a kitchen for an apartment in the culturally significant Barbican Estate in London.
The Barbican Estate is an area in London well known for the variety of culture and arts available as well as the unique residential buildings. But it wasn’t always the case.
Devastated by the Second World War it took nearly three decades and a large scale Barbican Redevelopment Scheme approved in 1971 to rebuild the area. The resurrection involved the design and build of over 2,000 flats, two schools and an arts centre as well as a concert hall seating 2,000, a theatre for 1,300, an art gallery, a lending library, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, cinemas, catering facilities, foyers and car parks.
It was important to our client, the resident of one of these Barbican apartments, that his brand-new kitchen should retain its original feel. But how could it?
Enter Koivu! As all our units are completely bespoke and finished with a Formica laminate, we were the ideal company to design a replacement kitchen that modernised the flat, but retained that all-important Barbican character.
Completing the project
Once the final design was agreed, we built the furniture and put everything together in our workshop so that we could deliver it all fully assembled for a painless fit by the client’s local fitter.
The whole process took eight weeks and our client is thrilled with the result. We only hope we get a chance to create another unique kitchen at the Barbican Estate as the style and design of our products can fit so perfectly with the aesthetic of the Barbican interiors.