BHX MOD SOC MAP_GLOSSARY: Brutalism

Context  

The term was associated with the architects Peter and Alison Smithson in the 1950s and 1960s.

 Principal characteristics

  • Structure, materials and services expressed honestly
  • Expressing the functional spaces and their relationship.
  • simple, block-like forms and raw concrete construction
  • Rough unfinished surfaces
  • Unusual shapes
  • Heavy-looking materials
  • Massive forms
  • Small windows in relation to other parts

 

Relevant Works

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Hayward Gallery and National Theatre on London’s South Bank(1976). Denys Lasdun

Le Corbusier exhibition in the Barbican

Barbican Centre(1982). Chamberlin, Powell and Bon.

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