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