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Brutalism: Unusual Shapes

The design of the building aims at creating a memorable and powerful image, often expressionistic, monolithic, even upside down.

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Barbican Estate, City of London: Cromwell Tower under construction

RIBA2661-15
Chamberlin Powell & Bon
NOTES: This complex of arts buildings and housing covers seven acres in the City of London. Built between 1971 and 1982, it regenerated an area which had been badly bombed during World War II. The estate has three residential towers: Cromwell Tower, completed in 1973; Shakespeare Tower, completed in 1976, and Lauderdale Tower, completed in 1974. The complex was Grade II listed in 2001.

Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo

RIBA2968-30
Kurokawa, Kisho (1934-2007)

Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre block, University of Leeds: the west facade seen from Chancellor's Court

RIBA44545
Chamberlin Powell & Bon
NOTES: Chamberlin Powell & Bon were responsible for the masterplan of this major campus expansion and for the design of several of its buildings erected in 1963-1975.

Electricity sub-station, Moore Street, Sheffield

RIBA75723
Jefferson, Sheard & Partners

British Embassy, Fernando el Santo Street, Madrid

RIBA11423
Bryant, W. S.
NOTES: W. S. Bryant was the chief architect on this project at the Ministry of Public Works.

Alexandra Road Estate, Camden, London

RIBA103119
Brown, Neave Sinclair (1929-2018)
NOTES: Designed in 1968 by Neave Brown of Camden Council's Architects Department, this multi-family, 8-storey council housing estate, properly known as the Alexandra and Ainsworth estate, was built between 1972 and 1979.
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