Top 10 Best Examples of Brutalist Architecture

Most buildings that are Brutalist in style were made in the ’70s. This grey, raw concrete effect is not for everyone’s tastes, but I believe there are some amazing buildings to see that capture the style in a beautiful way…



Top 10 Best Examples of Brutalist Architecture
Geisel Library

10 – California, USA

The shine off all the windows looks amazing against the cold browns and greys of the exposed concrete.

Ryugyong Hotel

9 – Pyongyang, North Korea

This amazing hotel with over 3,000 rooms was never finished, but it would have been amazing with all the glass going against the raw concrete.

Gottfried Böhm’s Mariendom

8 – Neviges, Germany

It’s hard to know what part of the building you are looking at here! But I would imagine it all looks pretty much the same all the way around.

Sainte Bernadette Church

7 – Nevers, France

I can only hope that the worship that goes on inside is more joyful than the building.

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Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex

6 – Caracas, Venezuela

The Teresa Carreño Theater hosts concerts, opera, ballet and plays that are all probably much more colourful and happier looking than the building that hosts them.

CBE Building

5 – Calgary, Canada

As you have worked out by now these types of buildings are located all over the world. Mostly used on governmental buildings.

Space House

4 – London, UK

At 16 stories high the Space House is a cylindrical building that might look cold on the outside but is full of warm, family homes on the inside.

Hubert H. Humphrey Building

3 – Washington, USA

Brutalism is all about a buildings ruggedness and lack of concern to look comfortable or easy. Ye! That perfectly sums up this place.

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The Research Institute for Experimental Medicine

2 – Berlin, Germany

It might look like a warship, but this building is a medical research lab. It definitely fits in with the fortress-like style.

Monument to the Revolution of the people of Moslavina

1 – Podgarić, Berek

This one and many other Brutalist structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place. They embody everything brutalist architecture is about and while their reason for being is a sad one they are also beautiful in a defiant way.

Author: Gus Barge

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