Art Brut – Brutalist architecture

Bold, brash and right in your face, are a few of the terms that come to mind when brutalist architecture is mentioned to me. The finest example being the Barbican estate along with the National Theatre. Those fine example to London’s architecture that you are unlikely to forget once seen.

Brutalism’s etymology actually lies in the French béton-brut – literally meaning “raw concrete” which is the prime characteristic of this architectural movement.

Banham gave the French word a twist to express the general horror with which this concrete architecture was greeted in Britain. Typical examples of brutalism are the Hayward Gallery and National Theatre on London’s South Bank.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. paula graham says:

    Stunning photos.

    1. pammyv02 says:

      Thank you so much

  2. Excellent and you have made what IMHO are horrible buildings, look quite lovely, bravo.

    1. pammyv02 says:

      Thank you 😊

  3. Karine says:

    Beautiful pictures! Your style really highlights the simplicity of Brutalism.

  4. janet Broughton says:

    FANTASTIC photos Nick. Interested to read that there is a name for these ugly buildings. I always found it depressing to visit the Barbican but you have made them look very stylish…thank you.

    1. pammyv02 says:

      Thank you ☺️

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