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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I am a photographer currently living in London. Most of my work is in black and white because which I've found to be the best outlet to express myself. With patience a rather unique way of seeing the beauty around me, I enjoy creating a world that is unique to me.

8 thoughts on “Art Brut – Brutalist architecture

  1. 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.

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