Beautiful Examples Of Brutalist Architecture In London

By Londonist Staff Last edited 31 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 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.
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Trellick Tower in the mist.
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Welbeck Street in the West End.
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The Brunswick Centre is a grade II listed residential and shopping centre in Bloomsbury, Camden.
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Camden Town Hall.
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Erno Goldfinger's Trellick Tower.
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Crescent House, Golden Lane Estate.
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Sampson House, Blackfriars.
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The Curtain Road car park in Shoreditch. Maybe not brutalist as such, but pretty brutal looking.
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Looking down on brutalism at the Barbican.
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The Embassy of the Czech Republic at the junction of Kensington Palace Gardens and Bayswater Road.
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Royal College of Physicians near Regent's Park.
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The brutalist Brunswick Centre in Camden achieved Grade II status in 2000.
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Finsbury Estate, Islington.
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St Giles Hotel, Bloomsbury.
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Castle Baynard.
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Weston Rise Estate on Pentonville Road.
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University of London's Institution of Education.
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The SOAS building, just off Russell Square.
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The whole Barbican is Grade II listed.
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The brutal Guoman Tower hotel next to Tower Bridge: is this London's ugliest building?
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Brutalism on York Road, London.
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Kings College London, Aldwych.
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Inside Trellick Tower.
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The Civil Aviation Authority building, between Covent Garden and Kingsway.
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Ministry of Justice, Westminster.
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The brutalist Keybridge House in Vauxhall.
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Sheraton Park Tower Hotel in Belgravia.
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Brutalism in Covent Garden.
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Glenkerry House, Poplar; the Balfron Tower's baby brother.
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Ventilation in Myatts Fields, South London.
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Crystal Palace Sports Centre.
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Brunel University Lecture Centre.
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The Ministry of Justice.
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Part of the Seven Ages of Man sculpture at Baynard House, Blackfriars.
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Stockwell bus garage
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Splashes of gold on Golden Lane Estate, built in the 1950s.
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In the depths of the Golden Lane Estate in the City of London.
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The Alexandra Road Estate, Swiss Cottage.
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Camberwell College of Arts.
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The 1930s brutalist Spa Green Estate between Rosebery Avenue and St John St in Clerkenwell.
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Weston Rise Estate near King's Cross.
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One of five Corbusier-inspired blocks on the Alton Estate, Roehampton.
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The Aylesbury Estate, Walworth.
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The Alexandra and Ainsworth estate, more commonly called Rowley Way, is a housing estate in Camden.
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Understated beauty at the Barbican.
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The Danish Embassy in London.
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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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Inside the SOAS Library.
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Centre Point.
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All the shades of grey at Centre Point.
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Brutal balconies at Brixton Rec Centre.
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Last Updated 27 February 2017