View Full Version : Inspiration: concrete architecture

09-21-2016, 08:45 AM
Sometimes I get depressed over my design skills, but then I see things like these RW nightmares and think, "I'm not that bad."


stiff paper
09-21-2016, 09:28 AM
Can anybody join in?


Also... umm... I actually really like almost all of this stuff. It makes me feel all optimistic about the future. And then I remember that this is the future right now. And it turned out like this.

09-21-2016, 10:45 AM
Not a fan of Brutalist architecture: I mean, it's right there in the name.

Concrete technology has become 'way better, and modern concrete structures don't have to look like blast bunkers.

You want a trip? Google "flak towers". :eek:

09-21-2016, 12:23 PM

stiff paper
09-21-2016, 12:52 PM
You want a trip? Google "flak towers".
Yes, I think it's pretty much acknowledged now that Brutalist architecture has its roots in those bunkers.

Jonathan Meades on Brutalism, parts one and two (these originally aired on BBC4):

Aside from anything else... I think of most of the examples in either of our first two posts purely as sculpture rather than architecture. Not that it matters.


09-21-2016, 01:28 PM
Really? I thought Brutalism predated WW2.... well, bunkers have been around a long time. Me feeling is the heyday of B was ~1930s Italy, which would have only left them w/WW1 as inspiration.

Come to think of it, the WW1 bunkers at (nearby) Fort Worden are very much in line, so I guess you're right. And they were built pre-WW1. Anyway, to me it's a strongly anti-human statement, and ugly as sin.

Those flak towers are KAH-RAZY. Learned about 'em in a book by Jasper Fforde.

09-21-2016, 03:18 PM
I love the brutalist style, many happy hours spent in Bimingham Reference Library (now Birmingham Central Library) - glad it survived!

stiff paper
09-21-2016, 04:25 PM
...glad it survived!
It didn't. It's been demolished. Sorry.

It seems to be a very small percentage of people that can see any merit in concrete modernism.

09-21-2016, 05:04 PM
It's more inflicted upon than appreciated. ;)