Much maligned, increasingly loved, this is a blog dedicated to brutalist architecture. This style, popular in the 60s and 70s, is based on the philosophy of form following function and celebrating the materials used in construction. It is characterised by extensive use of exposed, unfinished concrete and often features bold geometric forms with an abstract sculptural quality.
While brutalism is not to everyone’s taste, it’s an important part of our architectural history. Because of this it is important that it is documented, and the finer examples preserved for future generations.
Brutalism is the main focus of the site, but I’m not overly strict about what I include. The Sheffield Arts Tower, for example, isn’t brutalist, but it’s such a magnificent structure I had to include it.
Definitions of artistic schools or styles tend to have fuzzy boundaries. Some examples are clear cut, some not so much. I’m not going to get bogged with definitions. If it’s modern, primarily concrete, and I like it, then I’m going to include it.
I’m Andrew Garford Moore, all photographs are my own. I’m no professional, but I do my best. I always try to get a good mix of photos that show the entire building with a little context and slightly more abstract photos of architectural elements. If a set of photos didn’t turn out right – the sun was in the wrong place, it was dull, the sky was that annoying bright white – I’ll still include them. Who knows when I’ll go back to these places, and if I do, I can get some better shots and replace the rubbish ones.
I hope you enjoy the blog. If you do why not leave a comment? If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org