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