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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

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Juliaan Lampens brutalist house belgium

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Belgium Brutalist Architectural Gems

brutalist social housing in london borough of camden

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Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate British Brutalist Architecture Through Russian Eyes

art work at Pallasseum Sozialpalast Berlin

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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

corbusier architecture france

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Thoughts from a Corbusian Completist

chamberlin Powell and bON

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

Facade city hall Bobigny

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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

Oscar Niemeyer concrete Edificio Copan

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São Paulo living – Oscar Niemeyer’s Edificio Copan

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


brutalist hotel thermal


Hotel Thermal

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

gdansk polish architecture

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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

cote d'ivoire hotel ivoire sofitel

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

African Modernist Architecture


urban exploration photography

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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

Ouagadougou Mémorial Aux Héros National Monument Burkina Faso Architecture African ARCHITECTURE

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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.


brutalist architecture barbican estate view of barbican lake

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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

edwin lipburger kugelmugel vienna prater

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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.

brutalist towerblock made from lego bricks by brutesinlego

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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

bethesda residence photographer boris feldblyum

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One Photographer’s Journey

It all started with a Smena 1 Camera

arial view of sanitorium druzbha

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Druzhba Sanatorium Extends The Hand Of Friendship

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

constructivist architecture the white tower

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Moisei Reischer’s 1931 Constructivist White Tower

When the dial was reset in Russia.


concrete brutalism in atarim square

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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’.

Alison and Peter Smithson Robin Hood Gardens demolition


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.

weizmann house lit at night

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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.

Concrete roof John Lautner Sheats Goldstein House

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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

bulb shaped homes in Bolwoningen Holland Architecture

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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

soviet playground in the abandoned Pioneer Camp of the Karacharovo Mechanical Plant Russian Soviet architecture

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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?

bedroom of Melnikov House in Moscow family bedroom with golden walls

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The Melnikov House

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

soviet homes Khrushchyovka

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Recording a Changing Landscape

The race to capture Soviet cityscapes before they disappear

view of two blocks of the at risk Alton Estate


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.

Berlin Hufeisensiedlung Bruno Taut

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Berlin: A Magnificent Architectural Journey

Explore Bruno Taut’s designs