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