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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.
Looking down on brutalism at the Barbican. Source Mrwhisper Ventilation in Myatts Fields, South London. Source Derelictlondon The Curtain Road car park in Shoreditch. Maybe not brutalist as such, but pretty brutal looking. Source London Gram The Embassy of the Czech Republic at the junction of Kensington Palace Gardens and Bayswater Road. Source Pouru Royal College of Physicians near Regent's Park. Source E Architect Weston Rise Estate near King's Cross. Source 20bedfordway Splashes of gold on Golden Lane Estate, built in the 1950s. Source Lizetta In the depths of the Golden Lane Estate in the City of London. Source Aridley88 Finsbury Estate, Islington. Source Timslessor Crescent House, Golden Lane Estate. Source Lizetta The brilliantly brutal National Theatre on the South Bank. Source Garconjon One of five Corbusier-inspired blocks on the Alton Estate, Roehampton. Source Londonfromtherooftops The National Theatre has been Grade II* listed since 1994. Source Melissacmorris Ministry of Justice, Westminster. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk Understated beauty at the Barbican. Source Jonas Prism 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 Inside the SOAS Library. Source Es Kwon Camden Town Hall. Source Blairthomson Brutal balconies at Brixton Rec Centre. Source Brixtonblog University of London's Institution of Education. Source Fedeuk The Aylesbury Estate, Walworth. Source London Gram Kings College London, Aldwych. Source Allwillb 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 The whole Barbican is Grade II listed. Source Daveburt Stockwell bus garage Source Fedeuk 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 Part of the Seven Ages of Man sculpture at Baynard House, Blackfriars. Source Mattbooy St Giles Hotel, Bloomsbury. Source Fedeuk Welbeck Street in the West End. Source Peter Uk70 Centre Point. Source Samlucasmore Trellick Tower in the mist. Source Richard Wilson All the shades of grey at Centre Point. Source Richard Wilson Camberwell College of Arts. Source Alex James Bruce The Danish Embassy in London. Source Alex James Bruce Inside Trellick Tower. Source Designmuseum Brunel University Lecture Centre. Source Londonist Weston Rise Estate on Pentonville Road. Source By Jack Brutalism in Covent Garden. Source Ben Pedroche Crystal Palace Sports Centre. Source Highriselights The Ministry of Justice. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk The SOAS building, just off Russell Square. Source Solarpatrick The brutalist Brunswick Centre in Camden achieved Grade II status in 2000. Source Solarpatrick The Alexandra Road Estate, Swiss Cottage. Source Londonist Castle Baynard. Source Auketts The Civil Aviation Authority building, between Covent Garden and Kingsway. Source Solarpatrick Brutalism on York Road, London. Source Sywater The Alexandra and Ainsworth estate, more commonly called Rowley Way, is a housing estate in Camden. Source Theboygeniuz The 1930s brutalist Spa Green Estate between Rosebery Avenue and St John St in Clerkenwell. Source This Brutal House The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Source Adlerose The brutalist Keybridge House in Vauxhall. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk Sheraton Park Tower Hotel in Belgravia. Source Richard Wilson The Brunswick Centre is a grade II listed residential and shopping centre in Bloomsbury, Camden. Source Eelyn1 Sampson House, Blackfriars. Source Allwillb Erno Goldfinger's Trellick Tower. Source Richard Wilson
Last Updated 27 February 2017