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