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Brutalist architecture

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NewsNews • 10 Jun 2021

Chybik + Kristof Architects preserve Brutalist architectural heritage while advocating for positive social change through their redesign of the Zvonarka Central Bus Terminal

In Brno, Czech Republic, Chybik + Kristof Architects have completed the redesign of Zvonarka Central Bus Terminal. The project saw the architects actively engage in preserving the existing Brutalist structure – a steel supporting frame and concrete roof – and its original identity, preserving and reflecting an important part of the city’s architectural identity. Alex Shoots Buildings Stressing the station’s central role in the city and the region’s sociocultural fabric, the project is further a rethink of a decaying transportation hub and public space, adapting and responding to current social needs. Caption Constructed in 1988, Brno’s Zvonarka Central Bus Terminal has long been considered one... More

Project • By Jeroen de Nijs BNIWellness Centres

Brutal Salon Bosman, Alkmaar

Brutalist hairsalon Bosman by Jeroen de Nijs bni More

Project • By Peldon RoseOffices

TomTom

Creating an international client for lifeTomTom are the leading independent location technology specialist, committed to the vision of creating a safer, cleaner, congestion-free world.   TomTom’s non-stop innovation keeps the world moving forward – freely, efficiently, safely. Their global team create the most innovative location technologies to improve driving today and completely change it tomorrow.   Our relationship with TomTom started in 2010, we were introduced to leading technology giant to work as a framework partner on their global property portfolio and went on to deliver three projects in Euston Tower and Whitfield Street in London.   TomTom were keen to work with a single point of contact and par... More

Project • By Taguá Arquitetura+DesignPrivate Houses

Torto House

Torto House is a contemporary project, whose work is prefabricated and sustainable. We wanted to show a brutalist architecture, with natural and apparent materials, without giving up sophistication and comfort.Basically we have the materials: steel, glass, wood, concrete on the floor, exposed ecological brick,drywall and joinery. A clean work in terms of work and materials, without the use of superfluous coverings or props.   The client's desire was for a house built in a steel structure with the use of prefabricated elements, in order to obtain a quick work without wasting materials and with integrated spaces.The site with an area of 360 square meters and a slope of more than 5 meters high guided the development of the project on tw... More

Project • By CarrHotels

United Places Botanic Gardens

United Places boutique hotel demonstrates an architectural response of intense refinement and precision having created 3 levels of hotel accommodation and two floors of restaurant working to a set of rigorous site constraints.   The tracery of the Botanic Gardens plane trees, and the desire to primarily focus the occupants’ connection to view from within, led to an architectural outcome echoing and enhancing the compelling play of shadow and light across the finely articulated façade.   The references to brutalist architecture are deliberate, reflecting an intent to create a building of obvious permanence juxtaposed with a jewel like quality of refinement in its fine bronze detailing.   Designed as an elega... More

Project • By Specht ArchitectsPrivate Houses

The Preston Hollow home

The design of Specht’s Preston Hollow Dallas house was driven by the desire to blur the lines between inside and outside while providing a sense of privacy and seclusion from the street and surrounding neighborhood, at the homeowners request. Its design is influenced by strategies common to classic Dallas modern homes of the 1950’s and ‘60’s. The home is 8,826 Square feet.   More details below.   Heavy cast-concrete walls extend from the interior of the house out into the landscape, breaking the “modern box” and creating courtyards that allow for a bright, nature-filled view from every room.  This effect is complemented by the huge glass walls that define each space. &... More

Project • By Grupo Diseño & EspaciosPrivate Houses

Casa Juárez

The house in its current state was a sample of brutalist architecture. A clear example of this is its facade that presents the walls with its brick apparent, which was a great architectural value and why it was important to try to respect it as much as possible.   The great defect that the house presented was its internal distribution, since it was a mixture of spaces that are visually divided by architectural elements giving a feeling of small areas difficult to take advantage of for an ideal setting, also we had a series of narrow corridors they cared little of the crossing of circulations and that made difficult a good zoning of public and private spaces inside the house.   The design intention was to reuse the beauty of th... More

Project • By Defesche Van den Putte architecture + urbanismLibraries

Library renovation, Erasmus University Rotterdam

The library building at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, built in 1968, is an example of brutalist architecture and is a municipal monument. It has been undergoing a sweeping renovation of its architecture and engineering installations. Having reached the end of its life-span, the building also needed upgrading to meet current and future ways of working. As more and more books are becoming digitalized, printed books are disappearing into the background. The renovated building will contain about 900 study spaces, 50 office spaces for staff, and the collections of the University Library and Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet.   In the simplicity and clearness of the original design we found a clear line for the transformation: to bring back the... More

Project • By VSHD DESIGN JLTWellness Centres

Springs Warehouse Gym

VSHD Design continues innovative work with the opening of third Warehouse Gym in Dubai VSHD Design, a Dubai-based interior architecture firm specializing in residential and commercial projects, is proud to unveil its third concept health club in collaboration with the homegrown Dubai brand, Warehouse Gym. The Springs Warehouse Gym, which has been shortlisted for the 2019 Dezeen Awards, emanates a cosmic vibe while also maintaining the underlying brutalist and underground fight-club aesthetic that drives the design concept across the various branches.   “Dubai has become a very competitive market, with everyone striving to introduce projects that really stand out,” notes Rania Hamed, founder of VSHD Design. “Fr... More

Project • By Loop Design StudioRestaurants

Playground Restaurant

Location: Chandigarh, India Architects: Loop Design Studio Lead Architects: Suvrita Bhardwaj, Nikhil Pratap Singh Area: 370 sq. metres Year of construction: 2018 Photography: Purnesh Dev Nikhanj (https://www.purneshdev.com/) Client: Ayush Singla/ WOW Hospitality   The intent behind creating Playground was to break the conventionality of brutalist architecture of Chandigarh. The inside/outside concept was quashed and the restaurant has been treated as a single envelope that flows from one end to another. The expansive single surface has been broken into multiple levels and sections with their own vibe and spatial characteristics. This helps realize the client's vision of 'restaurants within a restaurant' where each section would... More

Project • By Atelier Zébulon PerronBars

Le Boulevardier Restaurant / Le Flâneur Bar Lounge

Forging Ahead to the Past - Atelier Zébulon Perron's contemporary interpretation of a bygone era   Atelier Zébulon Perron, an interior design firm focused on forging connections between people and spaces, is proud to unveil the welcoming ambiance of Le Boulevardier restaurant and Le Flâneur Bar Lounge, comprising the food and beverage portion of a major $30 million renovation of Germain Hotels’ flagship property, Le Germain Hotel, in downtown Montreal. The firm’s ensemble of work comprises approximately 8,000sf of symbiotic space, on two separate levels, including a ground floor bar/lounge, a first-floor restaurant, and an alluring staircase to connect the vibrant spaces.   “The lead archi... More

Project • By Smart Design StudioOffices

Town Hall House

Town Hall House is exemplary of Sydney Brutalist architecture. Designed by Ancher, Mortlock and Woolley in 1977, the 23-storey tower was built behind Sydney Town Hall to provide a central location for Sydney Council. The building now accommodates approximately one thousand City of Sydney staff and is a high profile element of the City’s corporate presentation and customer service ethos.   Smart Design Studio was engaged by the City of Sydney to refurbish nine floors ofthe iconic building. The brief was to revitalise the key public and staff areas of these floors, promoting the City’s commitment to environmentally sustainable design, while also providing a sensitive response to the fabric of both the original building and... More

Project • By VANDE MOORTELHousing

Hoxton Press Towers

Karakusevic Carson Architects and David Chipperfield Architects designed Hoxton Press Towers in London’s HackneyHoxton Press on the Colville Estate, a housing development in Hackney, in East London was designed by world famous architects David Chipperfield Architects and Karakusevic Carson Architects.A new design approach was deemed appropriate for the prominent site facing Shoreditch Park, which was earmarked by Hackney Council for competition. Karakusevic Carson invited David Chipperfield Architects to collaborate on a new concept design and the two practices won the competition in 2012, drawing on their respective expertise. The collaboration continued through to completion and the result is a testament to both Karakusevic Carson’s exten... More

Project • By Dow Jones ArchitectsHospitals

Maggie's Centre Cardiff

What is a Maggie’s Centre?Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Working alongside NHS hospitals, they are free to use and any member of the public can walk in. Started by Maggie Keswick Jenks and her husband Charles Jenks, both designers, the centres are based on an idea that a beautiful space will help to make you feel better. They are meant to feel like a special house, familiar enough that you can find your way about, and unusual enough to feel uplifted and taken out of yourself. They are designed to help people catch their breath, the better to face their illness.The centres are run a manager with a background in oncological medicine, and staff provide advice o... More

Project • By Killing Matt WoodsApartments

Perfect Storm

Dubbed “the concrete bunker” for its deliberate use of rendered finishes, and rejection of ornamentation, this Camperdown apartment for two design professionals was conceived of as an intimate, yet utilitarian environment. Inspired by Brutalism and the local warehouse vernacular, extruded geometries and moody tones result in a minimalist and precise interior.The project brief called for the re-design of an inner city warehouse conversion in Camperdown, for a couple seeking a minimalist lifestyle with an interior to match. The clients, who work in design-related disciplines, sought to shed their home of unimportant accumulation and create a space free of clutter and visual pollution. Conceived of as a “concrete bunker”, the shell of the apar... More