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Competition: three limited-edition Barbican Estate prints by Dorothy to be won

Competition: Dezeen has teamed up with the Barbican Centre to give readers the chance to win one of three limited-edition prints illustrating the iconic Barbican Estate in London by Manchester-based studio Dorothy (+ slideshow).

Barbican Towers poster by Dorothy

Congratulations to the winners! Dina O'Brien from the UK, Caroline Duncan from the US and Ben Kernohan from Japan.

The Barbican Estate was designed by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and built between 1962 and 1982 in hopes of transforming an area of London left devastated by bombing during World War II.

Forming part of a series that celebrates late 20th-century architectural projects, Dorothy's set of three prints feature Frobisher Crescent, Barbican Towers and the Barbican Centre.

Barbican Towers poster by Dorothy

The 80 by 60-centimetre litho prints are reminiscent of early 20th-century travel posters, with tonal shading and perspective lines giving a three-dimensional look.

Shades of blue make up the Barbican Towers illustration that depicts each of the three Cromwell, Shakespeare and Lauderdale blocks.


At the time of completion, the flats were the tallest residential towers in Europe and featured simple layouts with compact kitchens and bathrooms.

The barrel-shaped roof and distinctive curved layout of Frobisher Crescent is illustrated through bright tones of orange, while the Barbican Centre is more subtly shaded in browns and beiges.

Frobisher Crescent poster by Dorothy

The Barbican Centre opened in 1982, and is described as "Europe's largest multi-arts venue".

As well as the Barbican Art Gallery, the centre houses The Curve gallery, Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, the Pit, three cinemas, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, and three restaurants.

Barbican Centre poster by Dorothy

Founded in 2010, Dorothy is a Manchester-based studio specialising in conceptual prints, artworks and home accessories. The team have previously collaborated with Science Museum and London Transport Museum.

Barbican Centre poster by Dorothy

The prints are available exclusively from the Barbican Shop, and are priced at £35 each.

This competition has now closed. Three winners will be selected at random and notified by email. Winners' names will be published in a future edition of our Dezeen Mail newsletter and at the top of this page. Dezeen competitions are international and entries are accepted from readers in any country.