Brutalist Architecture

Brutalist buildings tend to create a love or hate reaction. I’m in the love camp and have been inspired by this modernist style since university after writing an essay on Le Corbusier’s influential Unité d’Habitation, a tower block that reimagined housing for the 1950’s as a ‘machine for living in’.  Brutalist buildings are no nonsense spaces, fortress like structures that serve a practical post war purpose for social housing, industry, cultural centres and institutions. I find beauty in their boldness, the chunky slabs of concrete, the uncompromising and unpretentious raw material and the interesting shapes they take from different view points.  I've put a few of my favourite places but you can see the full list on our pinterest page.

Barbican Centre, London. Image Credit

Barbican Centre, London. Image Credit

Bâtiments de l'écluse, Kembs-Niffer, France. Image Credit

Bâtiments de l'écluse, Kembs-Niffer, France. Image Credit

1 Kemble Street, London. Image Credit

1 Kemble Street, London. Image Credit

Grand Central Water Tower, Midrand, South Africa Image Credit

Grand Central Water Tower, Midrand, South Africa Image Credit

Hayward Gallery, London. Image Credit

Hayward Gallery, London. Image Credit

Water tower, Backnang, Germany. Image Credit

Water tower, Backnang, Germany. Image Credit

Posted on March 31, 2017 .