Opinion is sharply divided on the future of the Orange County Government Center, in Goshen, New York—as it is when it comes to many Brutalist buildings
When most people consider architecture, if they consider it at all, it is typically viewed through the binary lens of aesthetics. Like, don’t like. Love, hate. The line between can be subtle.
Some prefer gables, while others like straight lines. But when considering the concrete-based style known as Brutalism, the general public is sharply divided.
A modernist style prominent from the 1950s through the ‘70s, Brutalism was often employed in civic buildings and added large, striking, and sometimes jarring structures to an architectural context dominated by wood, brick and steel.
Brutalism brought concrete boxes, upside down ziggurats, fortress walls and hulking behemoths.
And for all the architects and modernists relishing this break from tradition and the development of a new form of building, just as many people are confused or upset by such a sharp transition away from the normal buildings they had become so accustomed to.
Brutalist architecture seems to have drawn a hard line between those who love it and those who hate it. […]