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

Brutalism

The BT Tower (Post Office Tower)

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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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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A Brutalist Laundrette at The Barbican

So What is Brutalism?

From Google’s Dictionary: brutalism /ˈbruːt(ə)lɪz(ə)m/ noun 1. cruelty and savageness. “exchanging one kind of social and economic brutalism for another is not what they had in mind” 2. a stark style of functionalist architecture, especially of the 1950s and 1960s, characterized by the use of steel and concrete in massive blocks. “the long, low, concrete-faced …

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