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