Brutalism is one of the least popular architectural movements around the world, mainly due to the appearance of the buildings based on it. Emphasizing geometrical shapes and the appearance of raw concrete, it signifies nothing but strength, honesty and ruggedness.
Contrary to what you might have initially believed, this term wasn’t coined from the word “brutal” but rather, it was taken from the French words “beton brut”, which means “raw concrete”.
Although there’s nothing to look at when staring at Brutalist buildings, they give an inexplicable feeling due to their appearance. I personally feel intimidated by looking at them – quite possibly due to their sheer size and fortress-like appearance. Nevertheless, these buildings are likely to take your breath away.
Below is a compilation of buildings that could do so.
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Hubert H. Humphrey Building
It looks nothing special, but the Hubert H. Humphrey building is currently the seat of the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Completed in 1977, it was named in honor of Hubert H. Humphrey, former US Senator and Vice President.
If having a badass name isn’t enough, this Brutalist structure is both a success and a failure. It was designed by Moshe Safde for the purpose of creating affordable housing because the units themselves were too expensive. Although it looks more like a castle, it actually depicts the situation of people in more crowded cities. It helped launch Moshe Safdie’s career and is internationally renowned.
Built in 1972, the Trellick Tower is one of London’s most iconic Brutalist buildings. As of today, this twin-concrete structure stands as a residential building.
Western City Gate
This 35-story skyscraper is located in Belgrade, Serbia, standing at 140 meters tall. Built in 1977, this building has two towers: one acts as a residential area while the other by Genex, a formerly large company.
It has a revolving restaurant on top of one on the towers.
The Singapore Power Building
Formerly known as TripleOne Somerset, this high-rise, 17-floor commercial building is a sight to behold at the Somerset Road in Orchard, Singapore. It is currently the seat of Singapore Power.
Houston Post Building
Houston is one of the largest cities in the United States, and it boasts several Brutalist buildings, most notably the Houston Post. This was the old headquarters of the now-defunct Houston Post, a newspaper which was bought by the Houston Chronicle. It is currently a manufacturing plant by the latter.
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