Brutal Utopias: National Trust launch project celebrating Brutalist post-war architecture

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Brutal Utopias: National Trust launch project celebrating Brutalist post-war architecture

Brutal Utopias: National Trust launch project celebrating Brutalist post-war architecture

Consider the National Trust, and you might think of stately homes filled with tapestries and leather-bound books.

But the conservation charity isn’t just about grandeur. This month, the organisation is launching a project designed to celebrate the austere post-war architecture of Brutalism that could hardly be more removed from aristocratic mansions.

Rather than baroque facades and duck-filled lakes, it’s about cutting concrete edges and unremitting urban grey.

The National Trust explains that the kind of Brutalism seen at the University of East Anglia or the Park Hill estate in Sheffield has “altered the landscape” of Britain just as much as the country’s palaces, and so deserves to be celebrated.

“Country homes were built to showcase power,” said Joseph Watson, the London creative director of the National Trust. “People felt awe, probably overwhelmed when they saw them. []

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