Welcome to "The Brutalist"

My diary as I attempt to photograph as many Brutalist buildings as possible as I work towards the ARPS distinction with the Royal Photographic Society
The Barbican as an orb
  • Date
  • April 19, 2020

The Brutalist Orbs

It makes it kinda tricky to continue with a photographic project on a specific subject when the whole country is in lockdown. As I have only recently started the project I don’t have a lot of backlogged images waiting to be processed either. So a piece in the RPS Digital Imaging Group on Facebook by …

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The BT Tower (Post Office Tower)
  • Date
  • February 24, 2020

The BT Tower

Better known to me as the Post Office Tower…but that probably shows my age. The tower itself isn’t a brutalist structure at all, designed by the architects of the Ministry of Public Building and Works led by G.R. Yeats and built/completed between 1961 and 1964, officially opened by PM Harold Wilson in 1965 this is very much a modernist building. At 177 …

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Weston Rise Estate
  • Date
  • February 5, 2020

The Weston Rise Estate

Just up the road from Kings Cross along Pentonville Road you come across this rather impressive Brutalist Estate. Designed by Howell, Killick, Partridge & Amis – for the Greater London Council and built between 1964 and 1967 this estate has 5 blocks containing 147 dwellings (a mixture of maisonettes and flats), linked together by towers …

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The Standard Hotel . the old Camden Town Hall Annex
  • Date
  • February 3, 2020

Camden Town Hall Annex now the Standard Hotel

This is the former Camden Town Hall Annex designed by Camden’s in-house architects and completed in 1974. It is located opposite St Pancras and Kings Cross stations. It was feared that when Camden council moved out of these premises back in 2012 that the building would be demolished. As it turned out the majority of …

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SOAS Library with the statue of Thiruvalluvar,.
  • Date
  • January 30, 2020

SOAS Library and the UCL IOE

Two buildings named via acronym! The SOAS Library is, to give it its full name, The School of Oriental & African Studies and is part of the University of London. The IOE is the Institute of Education, the education school of University College London (UCL). The buildings are across the road from each other and …

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Imperial Hotel, C. Lovett Gill & Partners 1966C–1970
  • Date
  • January 27, 2020

A trot around the West End

I finally got out on Saturday for a walk through and around the West End of London where there are plenty of examples of Brutalism scattered around. Sadly the light throughout the day was really poor – heavy overcast grey skies…not ideal for photography…but at worse I’ve had a good scouting mission! I had 12 …

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Defoe House, Barbican Estate - Isolated
  • Date
  • January 15, 2020

We’re still here!

After a great splurge of activity in December…it’s all gone quiet! Well, Christmas and some family illness have impinged on my march across the country photographing these buildings…but plans are afoot to get out in the near future. In the meantime I have been continuing to grow the UK Brutalist map here on Google Maps …

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  • Date
  • December 4, 2019

What’s In A Name?

This is One Kemble Street, AKA Space House, AKA Civil Aviation Authority House (CAA House). This is actually 2 buildings joined by a walk way…and a building I will certainly have to revisit and re-photograph again. The shots I got on this first visit were fine…but I didn’t get the compositions I wanted and completely …

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The Barbican
  • Date
  • December 2, 2019

A Tentative Start

I travelled into London on Saturday to take a look at 3 Brutalist buildings. The Civil Aviation Authority, Kings College London and The Barbican. To kick things off, here are some shots from The Barbican. Now, I will admit, I should have kept a note of which tower was which…as they are all look the …

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Control for PS4 and XBox1
  • Date
  • November 28, 2019

Brutalism in video games

Here’s a rather entertaining video about the use of Brutalist architecture in a video game, “Control” for PS4 and XBox1, that was released earlier this year. Whilst there is (as you would expect) discussion of the game itself, there is a good portion of the video that covers the question “What is Brutalism”. If you …

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