Lon­don’s bru­tal de­signs

Au­thor ex­plores cap­i­tal’s land­marks

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper

SOME con­sider them an eye­sore, oth­ers will say they are im­por­tant land­marks of the cap­i­tal’s sky­line.

A se­lec­tion of build­ings in Ham­mer­smith, Ful­ham, Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea fea­ture promi­nently in a new book ex­am­in­ing Bru­tal­ist ar­chi­tec­ture in the cap­i­tal.

Not only are they vis­ually strik­ing, but many act as a his­tor­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the era in which they were built.

Bru­tal Lon­don is a pho­to­graphic ex­plo­ration of the post-war mod­ernist ar­chi­tec­ture of Lon­don by Si­mon Phipps.

Among the struc­tures in his book are Trel­lick House – per­haps one of the most well known ex­am­ples of the style of ar­chi­tec­ture – in Not­ting Hill, and sev­eral oth­ers from west Lon­don.

It also in­cludes well known build­ings such as The Bar­bican and Thames­mead.

West Lon­don is rep­re­sented by Mal­abar Court in In­dia Way, White City , Holme­field House in Ken­sal Road, Lad­broke Grove, World’s End Es­tate in Chelsea and a Grade II listed prop­erty in Kens­ing­ton Place, Not­ting Hill.

Bru­tal­ist grew in pop­u­lar­ity in the post-war mod­ernist and flour­ished from the 1950s to 1970s.

It is famed for its im­pos­ing form, heavy­look­ing ma­te­rial and un­usual shapes and rugged­ness.

The Bru­tal Lon­don blurb reads: “The raw con­crete and im­pos­ing mass of Bru­tal­ist ar­chi­tec­ture is un­de­ni­ably part of the fab­ric of Lon­don’s land­scape – both vis­ual and so­cial – and part of our ur­ban his­tory.”

The book is avail­able to but from www.septem­ber pub­lish­ing.org/prod­uct/ bru­tal-lon­don.

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