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BLOG BEING UPDATED - TRY AGAIN LATER This blog records the controversial era of British architecture, 1960's Brutalism. Many Brutalist buildings have been demolished and many still are under threat

the architects

5 of the greatest architects and practices behind the brutalist movement in the United Kingdom

1. Denys Lasdun (1914-2001)-  his most important works were the university buildings of the new university in Norwich (university of east Anglia), the National theater on the Southbank, Birmingham central library and the royal college of physicians overlooking regents park.

2. Erno Goldfinger (1902-1987)-  Most well known for his towers in the east end and trellick tower in North Kensington and his (demolished and altered) work at elephant & Castle in South London

3. Basil Spence (1907- 1976)-  Although perhaps best known for his work on Coventry cathedral which is of a subtle early 1950's modern style very different from his later work in which he embraced the developing brutalist style. Many of his major works in this style were aboard such as the British embassy in Rome and his Beehive parliament in New Zealand. However he still left a significant legacy in Britain mostly located in London (see below) and controversial  in the iconic brutalist tradition both in construction and to this day.

Prominent Brutalist works:
102 Petty France
Hyde Park Barracks (see tower)
'Hampstead civic centre' (partly demolished) - Swiss cottage library

A short and interesting introduction of the architecture from an old BBC series
find out more - Basil Spence website

4. The Smithson's The husband and wife team who became very influential in Post-war planning. Responsible for much social housing (such as the Robin Hood gardens estate shortly to be demolished)

5. Chamberlin Powell & Bon the architectural practice behind the barbican

Other brutalist architects 

Patrick Hodgkinson- responsible for the Brunswick centre in Bloomsbury (worked in Leslie Martin's office)

Leslie Martin

Owen Luder & Rodney Gordon - Unfortunately many of their works have not survived, architects to the tricorn centre in Portsmouth and the iconic Gateshead car-park, both recently demolished.
see Obituary (Rodney Gordon)

Neave Brown


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