Brutalism

Trellick Tower by Erno Goldfinger

A Grade II listed building, a cult landmark and a beacon for people living in West London; its tall and distinctive silhouette helps orientation. Completed in 1972 for social housing, most units are still concil flats.

Some people say: “This tower is brutal”. Spot on! Brutalism describes a style of architecture invented by Le Corbusier where the choice of material, “b├ęton brut” (raw concrete), and the focus of design on core functions (“living units”) make no compromise with architectural frivolity…

Christophe Abensour.