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