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That's Brutal! 10 Concrete Examples of the World's Most Imposing Architecture

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That's Brutal! 10 Concrete Examples of the World's Most Imposing Architecture
Villa Kogelhof by Paul de Ruiter Architects

Brutalist architecture is hard to miss. Easily identified by its arresting scale, singular use of concrete, and distinctive sci-fi vibe, brutalism dominated the late 20th century with its appealing utilitarian slant in the postwar era. That said, the reach of Brutalism has extended beyond the household names of Le Corbusier or Marcel Breuer and has been quoted by contemporary architects residing in all corners of the world. In this sneak preview of Phaidon's soon-to-debut survey of international brutalist architecture, This Brutal World by Peter Chadwick, we share some "concrete" examples of this global building phenomenon.

 

 

HAT FACTORY
Luckenwalde, Germany
Erich Mendelsohn
1923

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MONUMENT ILINDEN (MAKEDONIUM)
Krushevo, Macedonia
Jordan and Iskra Grabuloski
1974

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ZALMAN ARANNE CENTRAL LIBRARY, BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
Beer-Sheva, Israel
Shmuel Bixon, Moshe Gil and Shimshon Amitai
1975

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BANGLADESH NATIONAL CAPITAL COMPLEX
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Louis Kahn
1983
 

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STYKKISCHÓLMUR CHURCH
Stykkishólmur, Iceland
Jón Haraldsson
1990

5 

 

LOUIS NUCÉRA LIBRARY
Nice, France
Bayard et Chapus (architects) and Sosno (sculptor)
2002

4

 

FAMILYAR
Kokkoni, Greece
Workshop Dionisis Sotovikis
2008

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BORDER CHECKPOINT
Sarpi, Georgia
J. Mayer H. Architects
2011

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RYUGYONG HOTEL
Pyongyang, North Korea
Baikdoosan Architects & Engineers
2012
 

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VILLA KOGELHOF
Kamperland, The Netherlands
Paul de Ruiter Architects
2013

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