Prince Charles: look away now.
Here's a glorious celebration of London's fascination with raw concrete. Brutalism as an architectural movement thrived from the 1950s to the mid-70s; it's the era that brought us the Trellick Tower, the Barbican estate, and the National Theatre.
Here are some of London's finest examples.
In the depths of the Golden Lane Estate in the City of London. Source Aridley88 The abandoned Heygate Estate in Walworth, Southwark (now demolished) Source Reelness 360 Brunel University Lecture Centre. Source Londonist Part of the Seven Ages of Man sculpture at Baynard House, Blackfriars. Source Mattbooy Weston Rise Estate on Pentonville Road. Source By Jack Brutalism on York Road, London. Source Sywater The National Theatre is often cited as an archetype of brutalist architecture in England. Source Instagram The Curtain Road car park in Shoreditch. Maybe not brutalist as such, but pretty brutal looking. Source London Gram The Brunswick Centre is a grade II listed residential and shopping centre in Bloomsbury, Camden. Source Eelyn1 The Danish Embassy in London. Source Alex James Bruce Ministry of Justice, Westminster. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk Camberwell College of Arts. Source Alex James Bruce Camden Town Hall. Source Blairthomson The brutalist Keybridge House in Vauxhall. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk Crescent House, Golden Lane Estate. Source Lizetta Inside the SOAS Library. Source Es Kwon Kings College London, Aldwych. Source Allwillb Crystal Palace Sports Centre. Source Highriselights Sheraton Park Tower Hotel in Belgravia. Source Richard Wilson Brutalism in Covent Garden. Source Ben Pedroche Sampson House, Blackfriars. Source Allwillb St Giles Hotel, Bloomsbury. Source Fedeuk The Alexandra Road Estate, Swiss Cottage. Source Londonist Stockwell bus garage Source Fedeuk The SOAS building, just off Russell Square. Source Solarpatrick The Embassy of the Czech Republic at the junction of Kensington Palace Gardens and Bayswater Road. Source Pouru Splashes of gold on Golden Lane Estate, built in the 1950s. Source Lizetta The brutalist Brunswick Centre in Camden achieved Grade II status in 2000. Source Solarpatrick The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Source Adlerose The Aylesbury Estate, Walworth. Source London Gram Ventilation in Myatts Fields, South London. Source Derelictlondon Royal College of Physicians near Regent's Park. Source E Architect The Rowley Way Estate (properly called the Alexandra and Ainsworth estate) was built between 1972 and 1978. It is constructed from site-cast, board-marked white, unpainted reinforced concrete. Source Robertwardw9 Trellick Tower: brutalism through the branches. Source Itsandremartins The whole Barbican is Grade II listed. Source Daveburt University of London's Institution of Education. Source Fedeuk Trellick Tower in the mist. Source Richard Wilson Weston Rise Estate near King's Cross. Source 20bedfordway Looking down on brutalism at the Barbican. Source Mrwhisper The 1930s brutalist Spa Green Estate between Rosebery Avenue and St John St in Clerkenwell. Source This Brutal House One of five Corbusier-inspired blocks on the Alton Estate, Roehampton. Source Londonfromtherooftops Brutal balconies at Brixton Rec Centre. Source Brixtonblog National Theatre, Southbank was designed by architects Sir Denys Lasdun and Peter Softley and structural engineers Flint & Neill. It opened between 1976 and 1977. Source Atmoorehead Inside Trellick Tower. Source Designmuseum The Ministry of Justice. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk The Civil Aviation Authority building, between Covent Garden and Kingsway. Source Solarpatrick Understated beauty at the Barbican. Source Jonas Prism The brutal Guoman Tower hotel next to Tower Bridge: is this London's ugliest building? Source Brighton Glenkerry House, Poplar; the Balfron Tower's baby brother. Source Brutalism:online Centre Point. Source Samlucasmore Finsbury Estate, Islington. Source Timslessor The National Theatre has been Grade II* listed since 1994. Source Melissacmorris Castle Baynard. Source Auketts Erno Goldfinger's Trellick Tower. Source Richard Wilson The brilliantly brutal National Theatre on the South Bank. Source Garconjon All the shades of grey at Centre Point. Source Richard Wilson The Alexandra and Ainsworth estate, more commonly called Rowley Way, is a housing estate in Camden. Source Theboygeniuz Welbeck Street in the West End. Source Peter Uk70 Canary Wharf Underground Station Source Instagram
Last Updated 27 February 2017