Brutalism or a less appreciated architectural style, that worth travel for

I came across this style in England and in Eastern Europe especially. It is not glamorous but it is impressive by itself. It is like a rediscovering of concrete or a festival of this material. Personally I am a fan of Le Corbusier and his brutalist work and I want to sharee with you some of the architectural masterpieces from concrete.

Of all the styles of architecture that have emerged since the beginning of the 20th century, Brutalism may be one of the most divisive. This stark, concrete-centric offshoot of earlier forms of modernism became popular in England and the rest of Europe after World War II in part because it provided a sense of security in areas that had been devastated during bombings. Proponents praised its explicit functionality, while critics complained about lack of subtlety and, well, beauty.

Brutalist and Brutalist-influenced municipal buildings, campuses, and housing projects, many designed by their day’s top architects, popped up around the world until the style’s popularity began to wane in the 1970s. In the subsequent decades, as lesser specimens deteriorated or were torn down, Brutalism looked like it would become a historical footnote—but recently some of the most impressive examples are being reconsidered and preserved.

The buildings pictured here are visionary works by architects and artists who saw untapped potential in a humble material.

William Pereira’s 1968 Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego.

William Pereira’s 1968 Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego.

Vienna’s Church of the Most Holy Trinity, or Wotruba Church, was based on a model by sculptor Fritz Wotruba, who died before the completion of the building in 1976. It is made up of 152 asymmetrically positioned concrete blocks. The structure was inspired by the artist’s visit to France’s Chartres Cathedral.

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