Valentin Jeck photographs Yugoslavia’s concrete architecture for MoMA exhibition

Photographer Valentin Jeck has travelled around the region of former Yugoslavia to capture images of its brutalist architecture for MoMA’s Toward a Concrete Utopia exhibition. Jeck’s series of images are blown up and displayed around the galleries of the New York museum as part of the exhibition, which opened to the public yesterday, 15 July

The post Valentin Jeck photographs Yugoslavia’s concrete architecture for MoMA exhibition appeared first on Dezeen.

Purcell refurbishes Bristol’s brutalist Clifton Cathedral

Bristol’s Grade II*-listed Clifton Cathedral has undergone a £3 million renovation, carried out by British architecture firm Purcell. The brutalist style Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of SS. Peter and Paul was designed by Ron Weeks of the Percy Thomas Partnership, with input from the Vatican, and completed in 1973. A congregation of up to 1,000

The post Purcell refurbishes Bristol’s brutalist Clifton Cathedral appeared first on Dezeen.

DSDHA reveals renovation of the Smithsons-designed Economist Plaza

The brutalist complex designed by Alison and Peter Smithson, which was the offices of The Economist Magazine, has been refurbished by DSDHA. The London-based studio has completed the first stage of renovations at the Grade II*-listed Economist Plaza , adding a cafe on the ground floor and refurbishing six-storeys of the complex’s tallest tower. The Smithsons completed

The post DSDHA reveals renovation of the Smithsons-designed Economist Plaza appeared first on Dezeen.

Brutalist Preston Bus Station refurbished by John Puttick Associates

John Puttick Associates has completed the renovation of the Grade II-listed Brutalist bus station in Preston, in the north of England. The architects have restored the interiors and updated the layout of the bus station, which was at one time scheduled for demolition. John Puttick Associates was only founded the year before it won the RIBA-organised open

The post Brutalist Preston Bus Station refurbished by John Puttick Associates appeared first on Dezeen.

V&A unveils huge section of demolished Robin Hood Gardens at Venice Architecture Biennale

Visitors to the Venice Architecture Biennale can walk the “streets in the sky” of London’s Robin Hood Gardens, as the V&A museum has shipped a huge chunk of the brutalist housing estate to Italy. As the showpiece of the exhibition Robin Hood Gardens: A Ruin in Reverse, the fragment is the facade of one flat from the famous

The post V&A unveils huge section of demolished Robin Hood Gardens at Venice Architecture Biennale appeared first on Dezeen.

Brutalist Breuer building owned by IKEA could become hotel in Connecticut

IKEA is considering plans to transform a concrete structure by modernist architect Marcel Breuer in New Haven into a hotel, according to reports. Local newspaper the New Haven Independent reported that the Swedish furniture company, which owns the empty Pirelli Tire Building, is in talks to convert it. The city’s economic development administrator Matthew Nemerson is

The post Brutalist Breuer building owned by IKEA could become hotel in Connecticut appeared first on Dezeen.

Destruction of brutalist buildings shown at Boston photography exhibition

The razing of notable brutalist buildings from the 1960s and 1970s, including work by architects Paul Rudolph and Alison and Peter Smithson, is the subject of a photography exhibition at a Boston art gallery. The Brutal Destruction show is on view at the Pinkcomma art gallery in the city’s South End district. Running until 3

The post Destruction of brutalist buildings shown at Boston photography exhibition appeared first on Dezeen.

Conran and Partners unveils residential conversion of Richard Seifert’s Centre Point

Richard Seifert’s celebrated Centre Point tower in London has been restored and converted into apartments by architecture firm Conran and Partners. London-based Conran and Partners has completely overhauled the Grade-II listed white-concrete high-rise, which was completed by Seifert in 1966, at the intersection of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road. The 36-storey tower previously contained offices,

The post Conran and Partners unveils residential conversion of Richard Seifert’s Centre Point appeared first on Dezeen.

Photographs capture cats, laundry and everyday life in Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67

Architectural photographer James Brittain has explored the hidden nooks and apartments of Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67, offering a glimpse of day-to-day life in the famous brutalist complex in Montreal over 50 years after it was completed. Rather than focusing on the “formally breathtaking” elements of the Israeli-Canadian architect’s groundbreaking 1960s housing complex, Brittain’s Revisited: Habitat 67 series

The post Photographs capture cats, laundry and everyday life in Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 appeared first on Dezeen.

Diamond Schmitt swaps concrete for glass at brutalist arts centre in Ottawa

Canadian firm Diamond Schmitt Architects has overhauled and expanded Ottawa’s brutalist National Arts Centre, cladding it in glass to create a light-filled interior. Based in Toronto, Diamond Schmitt Architects led the performance venue’s transformation by updating the exterior and interior spaces, while retaining some the building’s original features. The renovation encompassed the upgrade of 20,000

The post Diamond Schmitt swaps concrete for glass at brutalist arts centre in Ottawa appeared first on Dezeen.

Sole resident prevents demolition of Paul Rudolph’s brutalist housing in Upstate New York

Demolition of a housing project, designed by late American architect Paul Rudolph in the 1970s, has been blocked in its final stage because a resident has refused to move off the premises. Long-time resident John Schmidt has refused to move from the Shoreline Apartments, designed by Rudolph as an affordable housing development in Buffalo, New York,

The post Sole resident prevents demolition of Paul Rudolph’s brutalist housing in Upstate New York appeared first on Dezeen.

B.E Architecture’s Granite-Clad Melbourne Home

Designed by Melbourne-based practice B.E Architecture, the ‘Armadale Residence’ is made entirely from granite — positioning the three-storey home as both a grand yet understated addition to the urban Australian landscape. The three different types of g…

Footage reveals demolition of Robin Hood Gardens

This video footage shot by Dezeen shows a huge section of the brutalist Robin Hood Gardens estate being torn apart by a demolition claw. Destruction of the seminal 1970s estate in east London, designed by architects Alison and Peter Smithson, first began in August 2017. But the two concrete slab blocks that make up the complex

The post Footage reveals demolition of Robin Hood Gardens appeared first on Dezeen.

Sydney’s Sirius building goes on sale for £75 million amid heritage register controversy

One of Sydney’s finest examples of brutalist architecture has been put on sale for £75 million by the New South Wales government, despite new evidence that shows the building may already be heritage listed. The decision to sell the Sirius building comes after the New South Wales (NSW) government decided to not include it on the State Heritage Register,

The post Sydney’s Sirius building goes on sale for £75 million amid heritage register controversy appeared first on Dezeen.

V&A acquires entire one-bedroom flat from Robin Hood Gardens

The V&A museum has salvaged a three-storey section of Robin Hood Gardens, the much-debated brutalist social housing estate by Alison and Peter Smithson that is currently being demolished in east London. The V&A has acquired two sections of the estate’s garden- and street-facing facades, including one of its elevated walkways that were central to the “streets in the sky” concept

The post V&A acquires entire one-bedroom flat from Robin Hood Gardens appeared first on Dezeen.

London’s brutalist Welbeck Street car park could be saved with alternative design by JAA

Architecture firm JAA has developed a proposal that would see a celebrated brutalist car park in London preserved – rather than demolished to build a new hotel. The speculative scheme is being offered as an alternative to Westminister Council’s plans to demolish Welbeck Street car park, to make way for a hotel designed by Eric Parry

The post London’s brutalist Welbeck Street car park could be saved with alternative design by JAA appeared first on Dezeen.

Bulldozers move in on Robin Hood Gardens

Despite years of campaigning from architects and heritage bodies, demolition is now underway on Robin Hood Gardens, the post-war housing estate in east London designed by exponents of new brutalism, Alison and Peter Smithson. Images showing the the historic 1970s housing estate being pulled down began appearing on social media earlier this week, although its demolition has

The post Bulldozers move in on Robin Hood Gardens appeared first on Dezeen.

Robin Hood Gardens demolition is an “act of vandalism” says Simon Smithson

Simon Smithson, the son of the architects behind the soon-to-be-demolished Robin Hood Gardens, has attacked politicians for tampering with the heritage-listing system, to erase prime examples of the UK’s post-war architecture. An architect at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Smithson was a key figure in the campaign to save the brutalist landmark designed by Alison and Peter Smithson. Despite nationwide

The post Robin Hood Gardens demolition is an “act of vandalism” says Simon Smithson appeared first on Dezeen.

Sydney’s Sirius building saved from demolition in “triumph for brutalism”

One of Sydney’s only examples of brutalist architecture has been given a second chance, after a court ruled against the government decision not to heritage list it. The Sirius apartment block in The Rocks was facing demolition following the New South Wales government’s rejection of a recommendation to list the building as a valuable piece of architectural heritage. But

The post Sydney’s Sirius building saved from demolition in “triumph for brutalism” appeared first on Dezeen.

Brutalist library in Chicago gets interior update by Woodhouse Tinucci

US firm Woodhouse Tinucci Architects has spruced up reading room in the University of Chicago’s Joseph Regenstein Library, a 1970s building originally designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Totalling 18,000 square feet (1,672 square metres), the project entailed transforming a ground-level reading room of the brutalist library into a space more suitable for group meetings

The post Brutalist library in Chicago gets interior update by Woodhouse Tinucci appeared first on Dezeen.

Marta Colmenero illustrates brutalist landmarks around the world

Spanish designer Marta Colmenero has created a set of illustrations that capture the concrete forms of brutalist architecture across the globe. The series features some of the world’s best-known brutalist buildings, from Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 to Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation. Commissioned by insurance comparison site Go Compare for its Concrete Feats microsite, Colmenero has illustrated

The post Marta Colmenero illustrates brutalist landmarks around the world appeared first on Dezeen.

Safdie-esque extension proposed for Sydney’s brutalist Sirius building

Australian studio CplusC Architectural Workshop has envisioned a Tetris-like extension to the demolition-threatened Sirius building in Sydney, which bears a resemblance to Moshe Safdie’s iconic Habitat 67 housing. CplusC Architectural Workshop proposes the conceptual scheme as an alternative to levelling the brutalist Sirius social housing building, which the New South Wales (NSW) government plans to sell off for redevelopment.

The post Safdie-esque extension proposed for Sydney’s brutalist Sirius building appeared first on Dezeen.

Asaf Lerman updates Oscar Niemeyer’s Haifa University library building in Israel

Tel Aviv architect Asaf Lerman has renovated a library building designed by Oscar Niemeyer for Israel’s Haifa University, and added a new wing to complement its brutalist concrete and glass construction. Lerman’s studio won a competition in 2002 to oversee the renovation and expansion of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library, and spent over a

The post Asaf Lerman updates Oscar Niemeyer’s Haifa University library building in Israel appeared first on Dezeen.

Villa CD by OOA | Office O Architects

Villa CD is a brutalist residential project, designed by OOA | Office O Architects in 2015. Situated on top of a light, sandy dune, not far from the Belgian seaside, the home stands within a community of bungalows built in the early 1960s, bordering a …

Griss Equine Veterinary Practice By Marte.Marte Architekten

Griss Equine Veterinary Practice is located in Rankweil, Austria, a small village at the end of the Rhine Valley, in the middle of an expansive lea. Designed by marte.marte architekten, the clear-lined building stands out due to the distinctly brutalis…

Competition: five copies of the Brutalist Washington Map to be won

Dezeen has teamed up with Blue Crow Media to give away five copies of a map detailing 40 examples of brutalist architecture in Washington DC. The double-side foldout guide pinpoints the locations of buildings across the US capital, including the J Edgar Hoover building, Georgetown’s Lauinger Library and Dulles Airport. Each building is accompanied by photographs and information,

The post Competition: five copies of the Brutalist Washington Map to be won appeared first on Dezeen.

Max von Werz converts brutalist Mexico City building into OMR Gallery

A mid-century concrete structure in the heart of Mexican City has been renovated and extended to accommodate a contemporary art gallery. Architect Max von Werz created a home for OMR Gallery within the brutalist-style building in the city’s Roma neighbourhood, just a short distance from its previous space. “After 30 years in a turn-of-the-century Porfirian villa, the contemporary

The post Max von Werz converts brutalist Mexico City building into OMR Gallery appeared first on Dezeen.

Unions ban construction workers from demolishing Sydney’s brutalist Sirius building

Australian trade unions have banned construction workers from demolishing one of Sydney’s only brutalist buildings, which failed in its bid for heritage listing earlier this summer. The New South Wales (NSW) government plans to sell off the Sirius housing building in the city’s Rocks area for redevelopment. But a new “green ban” by Unions NSW and the Construction, Forestry, More

The post Unions ban construction workers from demolishing Sydney’s brutalist Sirius building appeared first on Dezeen.

Cité Radieuse combines elements from many of Le Corbusier’s previous designs

World Heritage Corb: Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseille is one of French-Swiss architect’s most recognised buildings, and is the last in our series exploring the 17 of his projects added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List (+ slideshow). The apartment complex in the French city – also known as Cité Radieuse – is the first More

The post Cité Radieuse combines elements from many of Le Corbusier’s previous designs appeared first on Dezeen.

Heritage listing denied for rare Brutalist building in Sydney

New South Wales officials have rejected recommendations to heritage list the Sirius apartment building – leaving one of Sydney’s only examples of Brutalist architecture at risk of demolition. The government’s environment and heritage minister Mark Speakman announced the decision to ignore the advice of preservation bodies. The refusal to include the Sirius building on the State Heritage Register leaves the site More

The post Heritage listing denied for rare Brutalist building in Sydney appeared first on Dezeen.

Replacement housing revealed for London’s doomed Robin Hood Gardens

Haworth Tompkins and Metropolitan Workshop have revealed their designs for housing that will replace London’s historic Robin Hood Gardens estate by Brutalist architects Alison and Peter Smithson. Stirling Prize-winner Haworth Tompkins and fellow London firm Metropolitan Workshop have each designed two buildings for the site in Poplar where the Brutalist 1970s estate currently stands. As phase two of More

The post Replacement housing revealed for London’s doomed Robin Hood Gardens appeared first on Dezeen.

Le Corbusier’s Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp features a monumental concrete roof

World Heritage Corb: next up in our series on the 17 buildings by Le Corbusier that have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List is the architect’s Notre Dame du Haut, the small chapel in Ronchamp, France, that has become one of his most iconic designs. Completed in 1954, the Ronchamp chapel was built for More

The post Le Corbusier’s Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp features a monumental concrete roof appeared first on Dezeen.

Maison de la Culture by Le Corbusier features an asymmetrically curved concrete roof

World Heritage Corb: next up in our series on the 17 Le Corbusier buildings that have just been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list is the Maison de la Culture, a cultural centre in Firminy, France (+ slideshow). Maison de la Culture is part of a larger complex of buildings by the Swiss-born French architect, called Firminy More

The post Maison de la Culture by Le Corbusier features an asymmetrically curved concrete roof appeared first on Dezeen.

Dramatically overhauled plans unveiled for Preston Bus Station

John Puttick Associates has significantly revised its designs for a new youth centre at Preston Bus Station, a transport hub in northern England that has become an icon of Brutalist architecture (+ slideshow). The New York firm led by British architect John Puttick won an RIBA-organised competition in 2015 to overhaul the station and add a new youth centre in its grounds. More

The post Dramatically overhauled plans unveiled for Preston Bus Station appeared first on Dezeen.

Alastair Philip Wiper finds “noble failure” at Breuer’s Brutalist French ski resort of Flaine

Photo essay: why do so many people hate the Brutalist architecture of Flaine? To find out, photographer Alastair Philip Wiper travelled to the Marcel Breuer-designed ski resort in the French Alps often referred to as “phlegm”. Flaine was commissioned in the 1960s by a couple fascinated with Modern architecture. They invited the Hungarian architect to create More

The post Alastair Philip Wiper finds “noble failure” at Breuer’s Brutalist French ski resort of Flaine appeared first on Dezeen.

“Birth” of Brutalist Barbican Estate documented in Peter Bloomfield’s construction photos

Photographer Peter Bloomfield spent four years behind-the-scenes on the construction site of London’s Barbican Estate, documenting the iconic Brutalist development as it “emerged from its chrysalis of scaffolding” (+ slideshow). The post-war complex, designed in the 1950s by British firm Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, was under construction through the 60s and 70s. It was officially More

The post “Birth” of Brutalist Barbican Estate documented in Peter Bloomfield’s construction photos appeared first on Dezeen.

Instagram users offer a sneak peek inside The Met’s empty Breuer building

Instagram users have been posting images of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s empty Breuer building in New York, before the interiors are populated with art works for its opening next month. A photo posted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art (@metmuseum) on Feb 10, 2016 at 7:14am PST The first official images of the reinstalled interior More

The post Instagram users offer a sneak peek inside The Met’s empty Breuer building appeared first on Dezeen.

Haworth Tompkins appointed to work on Robin Hood Gardens redevelopment

Stirling Prize winner Haworth Tompkins has been appointed to design some of the housing that will replace Robin Hood Gardens, the historic east-London estate by Brutalist architects Alison and Peter Smithson. The London studio led by architects Graham Haworth and Steve Tompkins will work alongside Metropolitan Workshop on phase two of the redevelopment scheme in Poplar, known as the Blackwall More

The post Haworth Tompkins appointed to work on Robin Hood Gardens redevelopment appeared first on Dezeen.

Demonising estates won’t solve the UK’s housing crisis, says heritage chief

The director of the UK’s Twentieth Century Society has urged prime minister David Cameron to ditch plans to demolish post-war housing estates or risk an architectural “tragedy”. Catherine Croft warned that demonising post-war estates would not solve the housing crisis, after the prime minister pledged to demolish or “regenerate” 100 of the social housing developments More

The post Demonising estates won’t solve the UK’s housing crisis, says heritage chief appeared first on Dezeen.

David Cameron pledges to demolish UK’s “brutal” council estates

UK prime minister David Cameron has revealed plans to bulldoze or overhaul 100 so-called “sink estates”, blaming their design for fostering crime and poverty. Cameron described the country’s post-war social housing estates as “brutal” and a “gift to criminals and drug dealers” in an article published in the Sunday Times and on the government’s website yesterday. He pledged More

The post David Cameron pledges to demolish UK’s “brutal” council estates appeared first on Dezeen.

John Puttick Associates wins competition for £13 million Preston Bus Station overhaul

New York practice John Puttick Associates has won the competition to redevelop the Brutalist 1960s bus station in Preston, England, with a design that features a rooftop football pitch, a climbing wall and a skate park. John Puttick Associates was selected through a RIBA-run competition to overhaul Preston Bus Station, which was designed in the 1960s by Keith Ingham and Charles Wilson […]

The post John Puttick Associates wins competition for £13 million Preston Bus Station overhaul appeared first on Dezeen.

Visual artist recreates Paul Rudolph house as the architect intended it to be

LA-based architect and visual artist Dan Huh has created a set of images that depict Paul Rudolph’s original design for the celebrated Milam Residence in Florida (+ slideshow). Located in the coastal community of Ponte Vedra Beach, the Milam Residence caused “a sensation” when it was built in 1962, according to the Paul Rudolph Foundation. Commissioned […]

The post Visual artist recreates Paul Rudolph house as the architect intended it to be appeared first on Dezeen.

Politician calls for immediate demolition of Robin Hood Gardens after listing bid fails

The latest bid to grant listing status to the Brutalist Robin Hood Gardens estate in east London has failed and the local MP has called for it to be “brought down ASAP”. Public body Historic England – which administers and maintains the register of England’s listed buildings – has announced that the UK government will not list […]

The post Politician calls for immediate demolition of Robin Hood Gardens after listing bid fails appeared first on Dezeen.

Youth centre proposals shortlisted for Brutalist Preston Bus Station refurbishment

The Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed five possible designs for a youth centre that will form part of the £23 million redevelopment of Preston’s Brutalist bus station, which was recently saved from demolition (+ slideshow). Five teams are shortlisted for the construction of a youth centre beside the curving concrete parking bays of Preston […]

The post Youth centre proposals shortlisted for Brutalist Preston Bus Station refurbishment appeared first on Dezeen.

“The real problem with all this Fun is that it isn’t really very funny”

Opinion: twisting slides, a hotel room shaped like a boat and a pop-up theatre are among the “fun” recent additions to London’s Brutalist Southbank Centre. Has Owen Hatherley lost his sense of humour or is there something more sinister in all these layers of entertainment? If you approach London’s Southbank Centre from Waterloo station, you will […]

The post “The real problem with all this Fun is that it isn’t really very funny” appeared first on Dezeen.

Richard Rogers calls for architects to help save “exceptional” Robin Hood Gardens

Architect Richard Rogers has urged the architectural community to support the preservation of the Brutalist Robin Hood Gardens estate, which he has described as post-war Britain’s most important social housing development. Rogers and colleague Simon Smithson – the son of Robin Hood Gardens’ architects Alison and Peter Smithson – have sent an open letter to members of the architecture, […]

The post Richard Rogers calls for architects to help save “exceptional” Robin Hood Gardens appeared first on Dezeen.

Last-ditch bid launched to save Robin Hood Gardens from demolition

A high-profile campaign to save the Brutalist Robin Hood Gardens housing estate in London has been revived. Heritage organisation the Twentieth Century Society has filed a new report calling for the preservation of the Alison and Peter Smithson-designed estate, which is heralded by many as one of the UK’s most important examples of Brutalist architecture. The […]

The post Last-ditch bid launched to save
Robin Hood Gardens from demolition
appeared first on Dezeen.

Competition launched to create youth centre inside Preston’s Brutalist bus station

News: an international design competition has been launched to create a “state-of-the-art facility for young people” inside Preston Bus Station, an iconic Brutalist building in Lancashire, England. The redesign of the western half of the 1960s building, which was saved from demolition in 2013, was initiated by local authority Lancashire County Council and community group Preston Youth […]
The post Competition launched to create youth centre inside Preston’s Brutalist bus station appeared first on Dezeen.

Moshe Safdie used “all the Lego in Montreal” to design Habitat 67

Movie: in the second interview from our exclusive series, AIA 2015 Gold Medallist architect Moshe Safdie explains how he used Lego to design the groundbreaking Habitat 67 housing development. Israeli architect Moshe Safdie, who was named the American Institute of Architects’ 2015 Gold Medal recipient last week, combined two archetypes to create a proposal for […]
The post Moshe Safdie used “all the Lego in Montreal” to design Habitat 67 appeared first on Dezeen.

Brutalist seminary to be resurrected in 2015 after 25 years of neglect

News: after a quarter of a century of decay, a full design team has been appointed to convert the ruins of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s Brutalist St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, Scotland, into a major venue for art and culture. Designed by celebrated architects, the late Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan, the concrete seminary was completed in […]

The post Brutalist seminary to be resurrected in 2015
after 25 years of neglect
appeared first on Dezeen.

Brutalist buildings: National Theatre, London by Denys Lasdun

Brutalism: Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre – one of London’s best-known and most divisive Brutalist buildings – is a layered concrete landscape that Prince Charles once described as being like “a nuclear power station”. Completed in 1976, the Royal National Theatre stands on the South Bank of the Thames, just downstream of Waterloo bridge. It is formed […]

The post Brutalist buildings: National Theatre,
London by Denys Lasdun
appeared first on Dezeen.