A book about London's gorgeous, brutalist architecture includes dainty DIY papercraft models to make yourself

Brutal London: Construct Your Own Concrete Capital tells the stories of nine of London's greatest brutalist structures (with an intro by Norman Foster!), including the Barbican Estate, Robin Hood Gardens, Balfron Tower and the National Theatre -- and includes pull-out papercraft models of these buildings for you to assemble and display.

You can win a copy on Dezeen, or buy your own for $24.

Brutal London: Construct Your Own Concrete Capital [Zupagrafika, John Grindrod and Peter Chadwick/Prestel]

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  1. Does it include Ronan Point?

  2. Jorpho says:

    I anticipate further books in the series addressing dainty architecture with brutal DIY papercraft models.

  3. It doesn't look like it, nor does it include the rather nice Brunswick Centre. Particularly sad that the Brunswick Centre doesn't get more love in books about Brutalism.

  4. Do wish the circular building had been rotated for the photo so that the shadows from its HVAC units matched the ones cast by the units on the rectangular buildings...

  5. Jonathan Meades argued that Brutalist architecture achieved greatness through being 'sublime' rather than 'beautiful'. So maybe 'awe-inspiring' rather than 'gorgeous'.

    I can sort of see what he means in the Neviges Mariendom:

    A couple of major Brutalist buildings have been demolished near where I live; mainly because they weren't fit for purpose, sublime or not.

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