Brutalist architecture

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about brutalist architecture

Project • By Penoyre & PrasadLibraries

Templeman Library Extension

At the heart of the Canterbury campus the Templeman Library has been transformed to become a flagship 21st century learning environment comprising a new extension and extensive refurbishment of the existing building, together demonstrating new standards for renewal of 1960s university buildings. Through a major extension and refurbishment of the Templeman Library, Penoyre & Prasad have created a vibrant, contemporary building at the heart of the University of Kent's campus.   The existing library building was designed by Lord Holford and constructed in 1965. Its large concrete and brick structure is overtly expressed on the outside of the building and revealed as exposed concrete coffers at soffits within. Penoyre & amp; Pras... More

Project • By Daniele Claudio TaddeiPrivate Houses

A Flying Kitchen

The task was to transform the ground floor of a 70’s office building, used as a kindergarten, into a clean and contemporary house for a collector.Some 16 tons of concrete were cut away, to enlarge the windows overlooking the two level garden. Remaining were three concrete pillars, which were integrated in the floor plan of the apartment using them for the fireplace, the closet and the TV wall… creating so an open but organized and structured space.The collection became the focal point of the house. The open day and night zones could be separated and closed when needed. Multiple use of space helped save room; the corridor doubles as closets, the guest bathroom the laundry, the fireplace wall separates the kitchen from the living room without... More

Project • By Daniele Claudio TaddeiPrivate Houses

Collector’s Oasis

The task was to transform the ground floor of a 70’s office building, used as a kindergarten, into a clean and contemporary house for a collector.Some 16 tons of concrete were cut away, to enlarge the windows overlooking the two level garden. Remaining were three concrete pillars, which were integrated in the floor plan of the apartment using them for the fireplace, the closet and the TV wall… creating so an open but organized and structured space.The collection became the focal point of the house. The open day and night zones could be separated and closed when needed. Multiple use of space helped save room; the corridor doubles as closets, the guest bathroom the laundry, the fireplace wall separates the kitchen from the living room without... More

Project • By OMAApartments

Norra Tornen

The Norra Tornen project started with two inherited building envelopes, the remains of a cancelled project initiated by the former city architect Aleksander Wolodarski. Each a kind of 'crescendo' composition of different heights – neither slab nor tower – prohibit the unfolding of an uncompromised typology. Conversely, the opted program, apartments with an emphasis on large outdoor spaces, prevented too literal a translation of the envelopes into architectural form.Through a kind of 'Freudian flight forward' – a passionate embrace of the inevitable in order to conquer and overcome one's initial fears – the prescribed building envelope was adopted as a given. Its initial vertical segmentation was complemented by a second, horizontal segmenta... More

Project • By Söehne and Partner ArchitectsBars

Palais Wertheim

History of Schwarzenberg Heinrich Freiherr von Ferstel was the proprietor of the Palais Wertheim, which was built between 1864 and 1868. The Grey Theater of Palais Wertheim was directed by lady Valerie Gray. Grey was the daughter of a Hungarian general and part of the K.u.K. Hofburg-Theater ensemble. Wiener Schick meets Berlin Punk Via a steel staircase, the visitors enters the six to eight meter high event location in the basement. Palais Wertheim features 1.200 m² of event space. Originally the rooms were used as an archive, which was the starting point for the new design of the venue. We can see the result of that in the grid structure of the ceiling, which is a grid and functions as an important recognizable design element... More

Project • By dMFK ArchitectsOffices

Salters’ Hall

27-Apr-2017 De Metz Forbes Knight Architects (dMFK) have completed the transformation and renovation of the Salters’ Hall in the City of London. The brutalist Grade II listed landmark, the last building to be designed by Sir Basil Spence, has been extensively refurbished and extended, and a new entrance pavilion installed. dMFK won the project in competition and were appointed by the Worshipful Company of Salters in 2006 to explore ways to improve its income producing potential in office areas, to better it’s poor sustainability credentials, and to increase the public visibility of the building, retaining the livery hall functions. The transformation has resulted in a 40% increase in lettable floor space and services being completely... More

Project • By Conran and PartnersHousing

Baylis Old School

Background Originally designed by Architects Co-Partnership (ACP) as a school, the development was completed in 1964 and initially opened as Beaufoy Secondary School providing education for some 600 children. It was later renamed after the famous Victorian/Edwardian theatre producer-manager Lilian Mary Baylis. The school was given a Grade II listing in 2002. This acknowledged its plan form with linked blocks forming a series of asymmetrical courtyards creating a ‘sense of drama’. The Lilian Baylis School moved in 2005 to new premises in Kennington Lane and the school buildings became neglected and run-down. A separate community sports initiative was subsequently established using the school’s former playing fields (see below). Henley Homes... More

Project • By Quinn ArchitectsApartments

Cromwell Tower

A new language for a Barbican Type 3C tower flat interior Quinn Architects, on behalf of the Director Laurence Quinn and his family, have recently completed the renovation of an Eleventh floor four bedroom Barbican tower apartment. The Barbican is a radical project and has been designated as a site of special architectural interest for its scale, its cohesion and the quality of the architecture. The complex is architecturally important as it is one of London’s best examples of concrete brutalist architecture. Quinn Architects interior project is a personal study of living on the estate and due to the intensity of the design development and a desire to experiment it was decided to procure the project in an unusual way. Quinn Architects s... More

Project • By Archello ClassicsBanks

Bank of London and South America HQ in Buenos Aires

Constructed in 1959, the Bank of London and South America Headquartes in Buenos Aires City represent the summit of brutalist architecture in Argentina. Designed by Estudio SEPRA (Sánchez Elía, Peralta Ramos y Agostini) in association with Clorindo Testa, The main premise was to create a room in continuation of the public space and not enclosing it. According to the architects, the idea was that the lobby worked as a covered public square and not as a bank lobby. The building has three underground levels and six overground levels. The entrance is located in the corner and its main feature is a five-meter hanging concrete screen that limits the space and visuals as seen from the inside. Concrete has been modeled throughout the facade... More

Project • By Archello ClassicsSocial Housing

Cité Radieuse, Marseille (Unité d'Habitation)

The Unité d'Habitation is the name of a modernist residential housing design principle developed by Le Corbusier, of which the Cité Radieuse in Marseille is the most famous. The Cité Radieuse (Radiant City) was built between 1947 and 1952 and it proved enormously influential in the Brutalist architecture style and philosophy that was often cited as the initial inspiration. The Unité, designed as a "vertical garden city," as opposed to the construction of villas, was an innovative integration of a system of distributing goods and services that provides independent support to the dwelling unit, responds to the needs of its residents and ensures operational autonomy in relation to the outside world. The proposed housing units is made... More

Project • By Felipe Rodrigues arquitetoApartments

Pirapitingui apartment - remodelation

The apartment is located at a Botti Rubinʼs building. With brutalist architecture, the construction is a typical example of the paulista architectural school production from mid 1960ʼs. The main concepts of the intervention in this 300 sqm residence were: the wide use of raw concrete, restituting this essential element of the architecture of the building; and the spatial rearrangement in order to make use of the open floor space from the original project. Thus, new exposed concrete pieces, like partition, tabletops and sinks, were inserted and the previous concrete of the slabs and beams, which have been coated, were recovered. In addition, by reconfiguring the partition walls, a fluid circulation was created, which allowed to define cle... More

Project • By Robin Monotti ArchitectsApartments

Foros Yacht House

“Yacht House helps you experience nature in a powerful way. Inside the views, the horizon, the sunlight, the stars, the sounds, are magnified. We tried to create a place where people could sense eternity.” Robin Monotti Introduction London based Robin Monotti Architects completed ‘Yacht House’ in September 2012. The 875 sq m contemporary building creates an outstanding feature on the Crimean shoreline. It houses four rental apartments arranged around tall yacht storage at ground level, and connected by a staircase tower. The apartments provide spectacular views across the sea and the mountains, and a direct and immediate connection to the coastal environment that surrounds them. In 2011 Robin Monotti’s Ukranian client acquired the... More

Project • By Jackson Clements Burrows ArchitectsHotels

Jasper Hotel

This project involved the refurbishment of the former YWCA building in Elizabeth Street, Melbourne to a boutique hotel. The interior scheme incorporates bold colour concepts which vary from floor to floor providing an interesting contrast to the original brutalist architecture. More

Project • By Estudio Guto RequenaBars

Club Hot Hot

The design for HOT HOT Nightclub fuses, in a contemporary way, elements inspired on the works of Scandinavian designer Verner Panton and his pop and humorous language, which set the tone for the 70's, with the characteristic brutalist architecture of the underground scene of Berlin's nightclubs and sex houses. The facade of the club and many interior elements received no intervention, highlighting the very action of time in the building, with its dilapidated appearance and graffiti. A 20 meters long tunnel of light connects the outside world and the HOT HOT universe. On the ground floor a graphic pattern based on the 70's, with an optical effect, has been especially designed for this space. This pattern strikingly displays the color chart o... More

Project • By Lacoste + StevensonUniversities

UTS Tower Building

Lacoste + Stevenson’s podium extension of the UTS Tower Building, together with Jean Nouvel’s residential tower, Norman Foster’s commercial buildings, and DCM’s Engineering and IT Faculty Building will create an outstanding precinct along this section of Broadway. The podium extension gives UTS the opportunity to reinvent its presence along Broadway, in the Sydney and beyond. This extension will provide a new main entrance to the university. In contrast to the Brutalist architecture of the Tower, the new podium is open and welcoming. It intervenes as an undulating semi-transparent building wrapping the base of the tower. This is achieved with curved glass and a white frit in the pattern of a forest. It appears soft and almost pliab... More