Brutalist

1960s modernism: Lawrence Abbott-designed modernist property in Frimley, Surrey

Haven’t featured one of these since 2011, so but thanks to Mark for flagging up this 1960s Lawrence Abbot-designed modernist property in Frimley, Surrey. As you might have gathered, this is one of a group of modernist / brutalist properties, 32 in total, all the work of Lawrence (or Lawrie) Abbott in the mid-1960s and […]

Barbican living: Apartment in Breton House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

These places always go down well, so worth flagging up this apartment in Breton House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2. This is actually a block we haven’t featured before. Breton House is a terrace block completed in 1972 and made up of 99 studio flats over six floors, along with 12 two-room penthouse maisonettes. […]

1970s brutalism: Peter Tabori-designed apartment on the Whittington Estate, London N19

Yes, we are back in the land of ‘love it or hate it’. Hopefully enough of you will love this 1970s Peter Tabori-designed brutalist apartment on the Whittington Estate, London N19. In what’s described as a ‘favourable position’ in the southwest corner of the Whittington Estate, it was designed in the 1970s by the architect […]

1970s brutalism: Jackie Cuylen-designed property in Herentals, Antwerp, Belgium

We are ending the week with something very special. This 1970s Jackie Cuylen-designed brutalist property in Herentals, Antwerp, Belgium. It dates back to the mid-1970s, with a design very much of that era and based on circles both for the main house, the garage and of course, the pool. We are big fans of circular […]

Barbican living: Apartment in Andrewes House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2Y

Another day, another apartment for sale on this iconic brutalist development. Specifically an apartment in Andrewes House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2Y. Andrewes House was the second Barbican block to be finished on the site, dating back to 1969. A terrace block, it runs along the side of the lake, from the bridge across […]

Penguin Classics – Barbican Limited Editions at the Barbican Shop

Four Penguin Classics, but these stand out from the crowd as Barbican Limited Editions. The Barbican has commissioned a special series of books featuring landmark Science Fiction novels with exclusive covers designed especially for the Into The Unknown exhibition by Jamie Keenan. That new artwork is inspired by locations around the iconic Barbican Estate, with […]

Cook’s Camden: The Making of Modern Housing by Mark Swenarton

If you appreciated the last property we featured, you are probably the target audience for the upcoming Cook’s Camden: The Making of Modern Housing by Mark Swenarton. Why Cook? Well, Sydney Cook was borough architect in Camden and a man who oversaw some of the most notable and influential social housing schemes of the 20th […]

1970s brutalism: Neave Brown-designed brutalist apartment in Rowley Way, London NW8

This is one you will love or hate. Read on if it’s the former for this 1970s Neave Brown-designed brutalist apartment in Rowley Way, London NW8. You probably know all about this development. The Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate in St John’s Wood is a grade II*-listed development, dating back to the mid-1970s, part of the […]

Out now: Modernist Belgrade Map by Blue Crow Media

It’s the series that keeps on growing. The latest addition is the Modernist Belgrade Map by Blue Crow Media. You know the rail now, this is a wonderful fold-out map showcasing the best modernist buildings in a particular location, in this case Belgrade. Edited by local architect and researcher Ljubica Slavkovica and with photographs by […]

Barbican living: Triplex apartment in Bunyan Court on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

Yes, another opening in this ever-popular development. This time a triplex apartment in Bunyan Court on the Barbican Estate, London EC2. As you might know (if you are familiar with the Barbican), Bunyan Court is a terrace block that sits in the middle of the similar Bryer Court and John Trundle Court, together creating a […]

London Brutalist Bookmarks by Another Studio

File under cute. Or even better, file these London Brutalist Bookmarks by Another Studio in your favourite books. Produced to scale (5000 times smaller than the real thing) the bookmark set celebrates four of London’s finest brutalist buildings. Those being Trellick Tower, Barbican Tower, Space House and National Theatre. Ideal for your architecture books (another […]

Barbican living: Apartment in Cromwell Tower on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

This apartment in Cromwell Tower on the Barbican Estate, London EC2 really does offer quite a vantage point over the city. Cromwell Tower was completed in 1973 to a design by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon. A bold brutalist tower, it is 43 storey high, with 38 levels of flats and two of penthouses. Over those […]

Barbican living: Apartment in Seddon House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

Another opportunity to live in this sought after space, with an apartment in Seddon House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2 now up for sale. Seddon House was constructed in 1974, a terrace on the Chamberlin, Powell & Bon-designed brutalist estate made up of 75 flats and maisonettes. Grade II-listed of course. On offer here […]

New book: Residents: Inside the Iconic Barbican Estate by Anton Rodriguez

If you love the Barbican, you might want to get your hands on Residents: Inside the Iconic Barbican Estate by Anton Rodriguez. Exclusive to the Barbican shop, this 160-page book is your window into life on this modernist / brutalist masterpiece. Anton Rodriguez is a both professional photographer and Barbican resident, so the ideal man […]

Airbnb find: 1970s Julian Lampens-designed brutalist property in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

How does a weekend or brutalism grab you? If it does, get yourself booked into the the 1970s Julian Lampens-designed House Van Wassenhove in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium. According to the owner, this is ‘one of the most radical residences ever built in Belgium’ and the work of architect Julian Lampens, who oversaw construction of this house […]