Beautiful Examples Of Brutalist Architecture In London

By Londonist Staff Last edited 7 months ago
Beautiful Examples Of Brutalist Architecture In London

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.

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