From the top of the towers to the underground levels of the arts centre, discover the personalities, lifestyle and architecture that bring the Barbican to life in Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine’s feature length-film, Barbicania, commissioned for our Constructing Worlds season.

An intimate and lively filmic map of our Brutalist masterpiece, explore the timeline below and immerse yourself in a taste of Barbicania.

About Barbicania

Directed by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, Barbicania is a feature length film capturing a month-long immersion in the life of London’s Barbican Centre and Estate.

Join Bêka and Lemoine as they meet a diverse range of people who live and work in the Barbican. Conceived as a series of diaristic vignettes, Barbicania invites you to discover the personalities, lifestyle and architectural landscapes that make the Barbican so special. With fantastic stories from those who experience the Barbican on an everyday basis: such as Neil who tends to the plants and fish in the Barbican Centre’s conservatory; Paolo who talks about having the ‘magic key’; and Camilla who delves into the Barbican psyche.

About the Artists

Presented by The New York Times as the ‘cult figures in the European architecture world’, Bêka and Lemoine mainly focus their research on experimenting with new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture. The uniqueness of their work results from a subjective, creative and humorous look at masterpieces of architecture portrayed as they are experienced in daily life.

Ila Bêka is an Italian artist and filmmaker. He trained as an architect with a degree from the IUAV of Venice and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Paris-Belleville. Louise Lemoine is a French filmmaker. She graduated in cinema and philosophy from the Sorbonne, Paris.

Barbicania DVD

Barbicania is available to purchase on DVD in the Barbican Shop and online for £18 (exc. P&P).

Turning the camera on themselves, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine talk about the making of Barbicania and their inspirations behind their immersive project on the Barbican Blog.