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