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Design code: Brutalist Architecture

What is Brutalist architecture?

Brutalist architecture or Brutalism is an architectural style which emerged in the mid-20th century and gained popularity in the 1970s. It descended from the modernist architectural movement of the early 20th century.


  • Brutalist architecture is characterized by simple, block-like structures that often feature bare building materials. Exposed concrete is favored in construction; however, some examples are primarily made of brick.
  • Brutalist building materials also include brick, glass, steel, rough-hewn stone, and gabions.
  • Also, Brutalism’s stark, geometric designs contrast with the more ornate features of some 1930s and 1940s architecture.

Great examples

Rakete / Richter

Zagrepčanka / Slavko Jelinek and Berislav Vinković

Kockica / Ivo Vitić

Super Andrija / Miroslav Cantinellija

Trellick Tower / Erno Goldfinger

Unité d’Habitation / Le Corbusier

Paul Rudolph Hall / Paul Rudolph

The Breuer Building / Marcel Breuer

Habitat 67 / Moshe Sadie

Brutalist architecture may not be a typical tourist attraction, but they sure remind us a lot about the past and and how far we have come. Their simplicity and unpretentiousness make them a good source of inspiration for today’s architects.

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