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