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Beton Brut (AKA Brutalist) Architecture in East Ham…

Brutalism. You know, that socialist architecture thing that was big in the 50’s…

ITS BACK. ITS BAD. AAAAND THERE LOADS OF IT IN EAST BLAM!

That’s right, the grey modernist lines of Brutalist architecture are having another moment according to design e-zine, Dezeen so we have been out hunting for examples hiding in our fair streets.

Lots of the late 20th century building work gave a nod to the starkness of the brutalists, so it is no longer a movement confined to 1950-1970…  As a borough, Newham has seen it’s fair share of upward building and as a result is positively riddled with imposing buildings (not all of them raw concrete) with the signature glass and steel lines that became synonymous with  mid century Brutalism.  From government buildings, to social housing, schools and markets, most things that were built high in the 20th century, were built brutal (or brutal-ish).

Interestingly, the term ‘Brutalist’ does not hail from the english word Brutal. It is not, as is so often assumed, a comment on the harshness of this style of design. It comes from the french ‘Béton brut’ meaning “raw concrete”and becomes a rather poetic way of referring to the material of choice for so many of these buildings.

Here is a few we found in E6… Not all of them are fully concrete-tastic, but all hail from the brutal side of industrialism.

Quite something, aren’t they…

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