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Brutally Speaking

Tell us about your favourite buildings, architects and designers. What makes you a fan of brutalism, modernism or constructivism? Are there great examples in your home town? Unsung heros? We’d love to hear from you, submit your article here or contact us for a q&a opportunity. Selected articles will be featured in Off The Béton Track

Discussions, Debates, Campaigns

Preservation, renovation and conservation share your views about what matters to you. Is there a campaign you feel isn’t getting enough attention? Are you lobbying to protect a building of architectural significance. We’d like to hear from you

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Gottfried Böhm is 100: The Concrete Cathedral of Neviges

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Chernobyl: A Stalkers’ Guide

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Calvin Seibert Builds Architectural Sandcastles

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From a Spoiled Sheep Station to a Modern Marvel: Modernism in Australia’s National Capital

Hotel Parus Dnipro

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An Insider’s Guide to Dnipro

Opening up a Closed City

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#SOSBrutalism: Saving Beloved Concrete Monsters

Entrance boarded up Buzludzha Memorial House

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When the message associated with a symbol changes:

What should Bulgaria do with the Buzludzha Memorial House?

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Brutalist Crafts: Building The Paper Panelki Model Kit, One Careful Fold At a Time

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Okinawa: Where Brutalism Becomes Zen

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Ray and Charles Eames: A Partnership Of Equals

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Bofill’s La Muralla Roja, a Spanish Bastion

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Examining Unité d’Habitation in Nantes-Rezé:

La Maison Radieus Is The Perfect Introduction Into Le Corbusier’s Vision For City Planning

Fighting for the preservation of important cultural heritage

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The Constructivist Project

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A love affair with Soviet Bus Stops

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The Inspiring Fight On The Ground To Save Berlin’s At-Risk Brutalism

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Spying On Moscow: Architecture Photographer Denis Esakov Reveals His Process

Soaring columns add to the majesty of Chandigarh's High Court


Edmund Sumner: Another great artist gets behind #artistsupportpledge

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Take Part In The #TheViewFromMyWindowphotoproject : A Global Photo Project Documenting Self-Isolation In The Age Of Covid-19

Not a church but used for weddings but might be mistaken for a place of worship, the Palace of Ceremonies and Rituals

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Explore The Former Soviet Union With An Exclusive GreyScape – Soviet ★ Tours – Curated Visit


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Meet The Chermaveffs, The Architects That Had An ‘Incredible’ Impact On Sir Norman Foster


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A Journey through Modernist Architecture in the former Yugoslavia

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Capturing Modernist India with John Gollings

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Sense of Now

Beyond the highway

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Liebling Haus Tel Aviv

Modernism in the White City

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Post-Socialist Realism – Contemporary Soviet Collages

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2020 Vision: An Interview with Gérard Grandval

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Concrete and Clay, Unit Four Plus Two

The Barbican’s First Music Video Unit Four Plus Two

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Ancient Georgia’s Concrete Marvels

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Créteil’s concrete petals in the eyes of a visitor

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The Fading Reminders of Soviet Modernism in Central Asia

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Night photography. Recording a city against a velvet blue backdrop

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Soviet Cities: Labour, Life and Leisure Kickstarter Campaign

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Off the béton track: The Barbican Archive Residency: 19-20 October 2019

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Communist Border Signs or How To Make the Road Your Destination

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Brutalist Belgrade

Dream destination for brutalist architecture fans

French architecture Emile Aillaud

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The Cloud Towers, Nanterre’s Tours Nuages

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Happy Birthday Preston Bus Station!

Juliaan Lampens brutalist house belgium

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Belgium Brutalist Architectural Gems

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Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate British Brutalist Architecture Through Russian Eyes

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Berlin’s Concrete Pallasseum and What Lies Beneath

Robin Hood Gardens Brutalist masterpiece demolition

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Imperfect Beauty: photographing a city’s life-cycle

BARBIcan architects 1953

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My Father, One Of The Men Who Designed The Barbican

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Thoughts from a Corbusian Completist

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Chamberlin, Powell and Bon’s other spot; Vanbrugh Park

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Why The Brutalism Appreciation Society’s Murray Tompsett Had To Visit Bobigny and Beyond


Kiev Crematorium architect A. Miletsky

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One Brutalist Fan’s Short Trip Hotspots

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São Paulo living – Oscar Niemeyer’s Edificio Copan

Love at first sight, David Torrance shares why he’s smitten


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Hotel Thermal

Vera Machoninova and Vladimir Machonin’s at-risk Hotel Thermal. Why a British filmmaker needs our help.

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Bloki: Poland’s Architecture Journey Through Communism

From interwar years Modernism to communist bloki through a photographers lens

Barbican Archives Films part of Barbican 50 celebrations

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The Barbican Archive Mixtape

A cinematic cut-and-paste journey through the Barbican

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Exploring one of West Africa’s modernist landmarks, Hotel Ivoire

African Modernist Architecture


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Urbex: The Accidental Obsession of Modern Architecture Lovers

Why is Notre-Dame the latest subject for Urbex?

The Brutalist, abandoned House of the Soviets, Kalininigrad by Alexander Shevtsov

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Kaliningrad’s House of the Soviets, the Unintended Brutalist Monument to the USSR

Unfinished but not unloved.

Die Pfarrkirche St. Florian Margareten Vienna Austria

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Join us on a dive into brutalist Vienna, a city well known for that other Italian import, the Baroque

Akademiebusen concrete spheres Aldershof Germany

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Akademiebusen, Lost in Concrete

Attention-grabbing huge DDR era concrete brutalist spheres


Berthold Lubetkin Bevin Court above buried Lenin bust

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Lenin to Bevin Court

It was very nearly called Lenin Court and there’s a secret buried under the striking central staircase. Lubetkin in London.

Gardenstadt Falkenberg German Modernist Estate

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Six modernist Berlin housing settlements that UNESCO love

Sardar Patel Municipal Cricket Stadium

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In the words of RIBA ‘India’s Greatest Architect’ Charles Correa

Image credit: Courtesy of University of East Anglia, Pritchard Papers

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The Isokon

British Modernist Masterpiece, Architect Wells Coates; home to Agatha Christie, spies and centre of an intellectual circle

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Burkina Faso: Visiting Ouagadougou

Where a roundabout becomes home to a ready to launch post-colonial rocket

Mobius Strip Central Economic Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow Russia ARCHITECTURE

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Constructivism: A New Generation Discovers its Heritage

In the territory of a fresh-pair-of-eyes, Eugeny Korolev is exploring Moscow’s Soviet architecture.


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Becoming GreyScape

Concrete apartment blocks weighing tens of thousands of tons on soaring columns

Bucharest modernist villa architect Roger Bolomey Romanian architecture

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Modernist Bucharest

Preserving it’s modernist architecture and why we should care about it

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Imagine a republic in a spherical house located on a small hill.

There you have it, a kugel on a mugel.

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@Brutesinlego – Building In Concrete Brick By Lego Brick

Creative brutalist designs with #elsawithdots and #felixiraptor

Roof Terrace of the German Hospital Bruno Court Dalston London

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The 1936 Modernist wing of the German Hospital in Hackney

A story of the best and the worst of the 20th Century

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One Photographer’s Journey

It all started with a Smena 1 Camera

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Druzhba Sanatorium Extends The Hand Of Friendship

When a huge flying saucer landed on the side of a hill

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Moisei Reischer’s 1931 Constructivist White Tower

When the dial was reset in Russia.


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The Shrooms Have Gone

Yaacov Rechter’s iconic, brutalist, concrete, otherworldly canopies popped up on the cover of ‘Men Of North Country’s ‘This City’.

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Robin Hood Gardens

Take a close look at how the council is treating this brutalist icon and what the V&A has done in an unprecedented step to save an original piece of classic architecture by the Smithsons

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Antwerp Port House

There is a scene in Sci-Fi movies when a vast alien spaceship breaks through the clouds descends to effortlessly hover over a city.

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Weizmann House by Erich Mendelsohn

When a man with a big vision commissioned a man who could interpret that vision and make it his own.

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The Sheats-Goldstein Residence

Winding private roads and cultured ferns keep James Goldstein’s John Lautner property away from prying eyes

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Bolwolingen Sphere Houses

Dries Kreijkamp, Dutch Architect who mused, “We all live on a sphere, so why not in a sphere?”

Filmmaker Joe Gilbert, maker of Barbican|Urban Poetry

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We speak to the maker of Barbican|Urban Poetry

Joe Gilbert, award-winning documentary filmmaker

Walden 7 in Barcelona by architect Richard Bofill

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Walden 7, Visiting A Little Piece of Utopian

How a 1948 book inspired a generation


Eileen Gray's Roquebrune villa E-1027

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Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027

Look at the near-forgotten architect who aroused Le Corbusier’s envy

Brutalist Japanese sports stadium, Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo

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Kenzo Tange, A Man With A Plan

Japan’s post war brutalist visitor favourite still suspends belief

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Karacharovo Mechanical Plant

The wonders of google threw up a declassified 1954 CIA Intelligence document

Czech Modernist Villa Volman newly restored


Villa Volman

Why was this Modernist house a short distance from Prague neglected and ignored for decades?

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The Melnikov House

A family home for a prominent man, yet everyone slept in a single bedroom. 

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Recording a Changing Landscape

The race to capture Soviet cityscapes before they disappear

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Alton Estate

The famed estate in Roehampton is at risk. Home to several thousand in a mix of flats and maisonettes, a perfect example of the work Rosemary Stjernstedt and her design team at the London County Council in the 1950s

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New York New York

Manhatten, home town for three years and an adventure playground for fans of concrete and cocktails.

Berlin's TV Tower view from a high building

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There are a few really peachy places to visit to photograph a modern architectural icon


Welbeck Street Car Park

A moment’s walk from the frenetic desperation of West End shoppers and Bond Street tube station, Welbeck Street Car Park looms large like an obstacle you’d have to navigate your way past in a graphic novel or a computer game.

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Berlin: A Magnificent Architectural Journey