On our recent travels we visited London, the home of brutalist architecture. Post war 1950’s London saw the rise of this style of architecture characterize by minimalist construction highlighting the bare materials over decorative design. The local icon of brutalist architecture, the Barbican Estate, was a sight to behold. It was built to be a city within a city. These modernist structures were raised from the ashes of the Blitz after WWII. The estate was meant to be a type of self-contained village with housing, a church, a library, an artificial lake and a complete arts center for its population. We’re sure there are plenty of varying opinions on its beauty, but, historically, they play an important role in the progression of commercial structures and architectural theory.
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