Watford, UK Erno Goldfinger (1961) Hungarian-born Erno Goldfinger first deployed his tell-tale coloured glass slits at Watford’s Hille House, an office and factory he built between 1959-61. It wasn’t a chance collaboration : the Hille furniture company has an illustrious history in modernist furniture design – including the signature Polyside and Hille chairs, and not… Read More

London, UK E.G. Chandler for the City of London (1973) Colechurch House is a Brutalist office block standing between the Mordor-esque Shard and river Thames, close to London Bridge. In addition to office space, it features shops, a car park, and accommodation in several levels, connected by an elevated walkway and a flight of stairs.… Read More

Uxbridge, UK John Heywood for Sheppard, Robson and Partners (1966) The Grade II listed Lecture Theatre Block was built in 1966 by John Heywood for Richard Sheppard, Robson and Partners as part of Phase I of Brunel University’s new campus. It has been immortalised in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 ‘A Clockwork Orange’ as the hospital building… Read More

London, UK Sir Hugh Casson (1965) A series of circular brick pens arranged around a central viewing area, with an S-shaped walkway weaving through it. The paddock features a pick-hammered concrete shell – possibly imitating an elephant’s hide – ribbed to dissuade the animals from damaging the structure. The ensemble features conical copper roofs that… Read More

Quest for the Corn King and the Spring Queen

Scythian pagan rituals may have informed this rarely seen set of monumental sculptures, cast using experimental concrete techniques. In 1964, acclaimed British sculptor William Mitchell created a magnificent work of art for the British Cement Association in Wexham Springs, Buckinghamshire. Seeing photos of that sculpture on the internet for the first time was somewhat unsettling… Read More

Second Chance Motel : rediscovering a hidden architectural gem by the motorway

“Blue hotelOn a lonely highwayBlue hotelLife don’t work out my way” Blue Hotel (1986) by Chris Isaac An unassuming old motel next to a motorway outside Athens is an almost forgotten Brutalist gem with a glorious past. In its heyday, the main motorway linking the greater metropolitan area of Athens to the city of Corinth… Read More

Explore the gritty vertical neighbourhoods of Britain’s New Towns and the High Rises of London’s East End and the Docklands Read More

We will walk around London, visit a great number of sites, learn a bit about concrete and its historic and social significance, and spend time admiring and photographing them at most dramatic angles. Loved by some, loathed by others, the rugged urban fortresses we will be locating are excellent examples of the most influential architectural… Read More

The Walking City : How Futurism and Cold War paranoia inspired London’s most visionary architects

“…emerging through a cloud of fumes, the Hayward Gallery rose up on its giant insect-like legs, dust and debris crumbling around it, water from the severed pipes and electric cables crackling in the darkness below. Then a primal roar sounded from the building’s massive ventilation shafts, the sound of a concrete and steel beast, rising… Read More