Brutalist

Out now: Concrete​ ​Tokyo​ ​Map by​ Blue​ ​Crow​ ​Media

It’s map number 11 from Blue Crow Media, this time with the Concrete​ ​Tokyo​ ​Map. Concrete​ ​Tokyo​ ​Map​​ ​is​ ​a​ ​two-sided,​ ​bilingual​ ​guide​ ​to the city’s architecture, including​ ​a​ ​beautiful​ ​map​ ​of​ ​Tokyo, an​ ​introduction​ ​by​ ​Tokyo-based​ ​architecture​ ​by​ ​design​ ​writer​ ​Naomi​ ​Pollock, photographs​ ​by​ ​​Jimmy​ ​Cohrssen plus​ ​details​ ​of​ ​fifty​ ​selected​ ​concrete​ ​buildings. ​Architects​ […]

1960s modernism: John Lautner-designed Tolstoy House in Alta Loma, California, USA

An architect that needs no introduction, with the 1960s John Lautner-designed Tolstoy House in Alta Loma, California, USA thankfully largely unchanged. John Lautner finds are always popular, none more so than the Willard Whyte house in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever. This isn’t quite to that level, but it is rather special. The […]

Now on pre-order: How to Love Brutalism by John Grindrod (Batsford)

Always nice to see a John Grindrod book on the upcoming list, in this case How to Love Brutalism, which is published by Batsford. This 144-page hardback book is described as a ‘passionate and personal book about the writer’s own love’ for a style of architecture that’s had something of a second coming in the […]

1970s brutalism: Neave Brown-designed duplex apartment on the Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate, London NW8

Another love it or hate it example of 1970s brutalism, courtesy of this Neave Brown-designed duplex apartment on the Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate, London NW8. As you probably know, this Rowley Way apartment was one of several similar places built between 1972 and 1978 to a design by Neave Brown. A significant new room, as […]

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 […]

Barbican living: Apartment in Frobisher Crescent on the Barbican Estate, London EC2Y

Yes, another opportunity to live in this sought after part of the capital. Specifically an apartment in Frobisher Crescent on the Barbican Estate, London EC2Y. This time we are in Frobisher Crescent, which as you might know is one of the later parts of the Barbican to be offered as residential space. Why? Well, the […]

Out now: Brutalist Paris Map by Blue Crow Media

Yes, the latest instalment in this wonderful series has landed. This time a Brutalist Paris Map by Blue Crow Media. Once again, a lovely job too. As you might expect, this two-sided map features the most striking brutalist architecture in Paris. Not only that, the map also contains an introduction about the subject matter by […]

Brutalist apartment: One-bedroom flat in the Erno Goldfinger-designed Trellick Tower, London W10

How do you fancy living in this brutalist masterpiece? If you do, there is a one-bedroom flat in the Erno Goldfinger-designed Trellick Tower, London W10 now on the market. Yes, we are back to Trellick Tower, hot on the heels of the Airbnb place and the rental we flagged up in this 1960s grade II-listed […]

Airbnb find: Erno Goldfinger-designed Trellick Tower, London W10

We featured an apartment to rent in here last week, but if you want to sample the building first, you can. Via a stay in the Erno Goldfinger-designed Trellick Tower, London W10 through Airbnb. Yes, a place in the iconic grade II-listed brutalist building can be booked on a nightly basis. But to an entire […]

Brutalist rental: Apartment in the Erno Goldfinger-designed Trellick Tower, London W10

Fancy living in a brutalist icon? You can if you opt for this apartment in the Erno Goldfinger-designed Trellick Tower, London W10. Pretty high up too. This place is on the 24th floor of the grade II-listed building, which obviously means some stunning views of the capital each and every day, either from your bedroom […]

Brutalist art: Park Hill Sheffield prints by Laura Knight Studio

Not sure how recent these are, but we have only just encountered the Park Hill Sheffield prints by Laura Knight Studio. Park Hill is, of course, a brutalist icon and a 1960s grade II-listed development currently undergoing a huge renovation by Urban Splash. In fact, you can buy one of the upgraded apartments right now. […]

On the market: 1960s Gerd Kaufmann-designed brutalist property in Stanmore, Middlesex

I wasn’t sure whether to go for modernist or brutalist. In the end we have sided with the agent and gone for the 1960s Gerd Kaufmann-designed brutalist property in Stanmore, Middlesex. It’s a fascinating place too, with the added bonus of a lovely setting and so much originality. Yes, all the boxes being ticked here. […]

On the market: John Black Lee-designed modernist property in New Canaan, Connecticut, USA

This really is a statement house. No surprise that this John Black Lee-designed modernist property in New Canaan, Connecticut, USA was produced for the architect himself. John Black Lee was a name of note too. Sometimes called the ‘sixth’ of the Harvard Five (if that makes sense), they were a group of architects led by […]

On the market: Charles Wright-designed Alkira brutalist property in Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia

It looks like the set of a particularly high budget sci-fi movie. But this is actually the Charles Wright-designed Alkira brutalist property in Cape Tribulation, Queensland. Thanks to Roger for letting us know that this winner of the 2014 Queensland Architecture Award is on the market and up for auction at the end of November. […]

Blue Crow Media introduces the Brutalist Washington Map

We have featured past maps in this series, all of which have proven incredibly popular. So we are happy to flag up new Brutalist Washington Map from Blue Crow Media too. It follows the same successful formula, an old school map (no app here) picking out the best architecture of its type in the chosen […]

On the market: 1960s Neave Brown-designed brutalist apartment in Rowley Way, London NW8

Despite the financing issues, these are always popular. So it is nice to see this 1960s Neave Brown-designed brutalist apartment in Rowley Way, London NW8 hitting the market. This is one-bedroom flat complete with south-facing balcony, found on the second floor of the Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate. That was built in the late 1960s and […]

Coming soon: Brutal London by Simon Phipps (September Publishing)

We are really looking forward to Brutal London by Simon Phipps, which is coming your way via September Publishing. A 192-page hardback volume, Brutal London is pitched as a ‘new photographic look’ and the raw concrete and imposing presence of brutalist architecture in the capital. Long taken for granted, brutalism has been reclaimed in the […]

On the market: 1970s Peter Tabori-designed duplex apartment in London N19

Once upon a time this was how you did social housing. Now this 1970s Peter Tabori-designed duplex apartment in London N19 is a sought after private living space. You will find it on the second and third floors of Stoneleigh Terrace, on the highly sought-after Whittington Estate, which was, of course, designed by Peter Tabori […]

On the market: 1970s Antoine Predock-designed modernist property in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Looking for something a little different? You need to check out this 1970s Antoine Predock-designed modernist property in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. This ‘Architectural Masterpiece’ actually dates back to 1975, sitting on a a stunning 2.3 acre site and thanks to that position, offering ‘sweeping panoramic views’ over the Rio Grande Valley to the west […]

On the market: Apartment in Frobisher Crescent on the Chamberlin, Powell & Bon-designed Barbican Estate, London EC2

Not sure if we have ever flagged up a property in this particular block before. If that’s the case, even more reason to feature this apartment in Frobisher Crescent on the Chamberlin, Powell & Bon-designed Barbican Estate, London EC2. Such an bold architectural statement, Frobisher Crescent is a semi-circular development in them middle of the […]

Paris Brut – miniature models of Parisian brutalism by Zupagrafika

Following on from the Brutalist London set not too long ago comes the equally wonderful Paris Brut by Zupagrafika. Same idea really. Essentially this is a collection of illustrated paper models showcasing brutalist architecture in Paris between the late 1950s and the 1970s. Start off at the Cité des 4000, head past the round towers […]

On the market: 1970s Neave Brown-designed brutalist duplex apartment in Rowley Way, London NW8

These places are incredibly popular when they featured on the site. But as ever, there is a downside to buying something like this 1970s Neave Brown-designed apartment in the brutalist Rowley Way development, London NW8. More on that later, but for now, let’s look at the apartment itself, which is to be found on the […]

On the market: Five-bedroom modernist property in Wallside on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

A rare type of build in a sought after location. This five-bedroom modernist property in Wallside on the Barbican Estate, London EC2. This is one of only a handful of houses on the Chamberlin, Powell & Bon-designed Barbican Estate, all with grade II-listed status, not to mention roof terraces and a private garage. Location is […]