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Brutalist Architecture


contents 1 - Intro 2 - Park Hill Estate 14 - Robin Hood Gardens 32 - Clifton Cathedral 42 - Balfron Tower 48 - Alexandra Road


Introduction This is a photographic exploration of Brutalist architecture in the urban landscape. Brutalist architecture is a form of post war, modernist, functionalist architecture. Think concrete, straight lines, corners, sharp edges. Think stairways, bridges and streets in the sky. I visited a few of the most famous Brutalist structures in the UK and tried to capture their brutal beauty. This zine is a mid-way point of a year long project, hunting down and exploring britains most brutiful buildings.


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Park Hill estate

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My first proper Brutalist exploration. I fell in love. The concrete, the angles, the stairs and bridges. Streets in the sky. Completed in 1961, intended to be an “urban utopia�, a futuristic idea of what social living would be like. Shady spots, crime, decay. Now a grade II listed building.

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Robin Hood Gardens

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Poplar. Completed in 1972. London’s equivalent of Park Hill. More windows, less people, more security. Streets in the sky but no bridges. Big green hill in the middle of two blocks. Little personalised things like potted plants and shoes left out to dry. Demolition date set for January 2014.

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clifton cathedral Clifton, Bristol. Completed in 1973. Concrete and granite. Different feel, this doesn’t feel abandoned or given up on. Surrounded by water features and plants. Gorgeous angles, linear and sharp. Cheeky squirrel. Approximate life span of 300 years.

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Balfron Tower

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Poplar. Designed by Erno Goldfinger and completed in 1967. 27 storey housing block. Has a little brutalist style childrens playground with a concrete slide and tiny concrete stairs. Twinned with Trelick Tower in north london. Now a grade II listed building.

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alexandra road estate

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More commonly known as Rowley Way. Camden. Completed in 1978. Site includes a school, parkland, community centre and youth club. Such a futuristic feel. Covered in plants, palm trees. Lots of cats. Very lived in. Tenants seem happy. Now a grade II listed building.

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Jenny Sinclair


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