Imagine that you are visiting a pretty and quite traditional city, so overloaded with medieval cuteness that it is almost getting boring. And suddenly across one gate, in the center of all the tradition, you get a glimpse of an absolute architectural beauty: a brutalist building sandwiching a huge skeleton!
You approach carefuly and realise that the skeleton in real and it belongs to a giant (20m long) Finback whale!
Around it the beauty is unsurpassable: brutal architecture, concrete and glass and wood and stone delightfully combined, afternoon light flooding the space, and what’s best: more whales, including an orca, a pygmy whale and a narwhal waving to you while floating in the air! Boy oh boy, that’s a building!
The Cambridge University Museum of Zoology (built by Arup Associates in 1966-74) is unfortunately closed for refurbishment until 2016. But the architecture and the whales will be there to keep you in good company.
Read more about the inovative constuction incorporated in the building here. Pictures by WWT (using a mobile phone camera, therefore the poor quality.)
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Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen, a wood-structured, single-story nursery school by world-class architect Kengo Kuma, Ishikawa, Japan.
previously: Crèche de la Girafe children care center, in Paris
A small disused garage renovated by Act Romegialli Architects. as an accessory to a weekend house, situated on the slopes of the Raethian Alp.
A structure realized with lightweight metal galvanized profiles and steel wires wraps the existent volume and transforms it into a tridimensional support for the climbing vegetation.
Inside the Green box are organized a room for the gardening tools, great passion of the owner,an area for coking and a space for conviviality.
Photos by Marcello Mariana
Previously: storage barn by Gray Organschi architects
Fuck Yeah Brutalism is a great blog that celebrates the movement with so many imposing buildings that bring tears of pleasure in your eyes (and make it very hard to decide which ones to post). WWT holds dear thoughts of béton armé and its graceful application and hopes that blogs like Fuck Yeah Brutalism will help to bring bruto-skepticals back to their senses and make them passionately exclaim “Such clarity! Such elegance! Such beauty! “
Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami, Florida, 1972, by Ferendino Grafton Spillis Candela
Primary School, Quarzazate, Morocco, 1966, by Jean-François Zevaco
Osaka University of the Arts, Japan, 1965-67 by Daiichi Kobo Planning Group
Fairydean Football Club Stand, Galashiels, Scotland, 1963
Post Office, Agadir, Morocco, 1966 by Jean-François Zevaco
Pilgrimage Church, Neviges, Germany, 1965-68 by Gottfried Böhm
see our other posts on Brutalism in Egland here , on Brutalism in USSR here and on arcane Brutalism (yes, it exists!) here.
Extension of a family house in Kagawa, Shikoku island by Japanese architect Hironaka Ogawa.
The two monumental trees acting as main structural columns, were originaly cut down from this site in order to make space for the new house.
Photos by Daici Ano via spoon & tamago
An alphabetical list of the most important architects with their best known building. Concept and Animation: Andrea Stinga, Federico Gonzalez, Art Direction: Federico Gonzalez, Music: The Butterfly from Eugene C.Rose and George Ruble.
A flexible two-story residence / atelier (75sqm), designed for a young couple by Japanese studio Hiroyuki Shinozaki. The architects created a shifted box where funcions are distributed over the various levels, allowing visual connectivity and communication throughout all storeys of the house.
photos by Hiroyasu Sakaguchi and Tatsumi Terado.
A 1977 educational video by the multidisciplinary creative duo of Charles and Ray Eames for IMB that zooms in an out of a picnic scene at a dazing speed in order to illustrate the power of an extra zero next to number 10.
via architecture as…
Illustration for Einstein Tomb by Lebbeus Woods 1940-2012
“I’m not interested in living in a fantasy world … All my work is still meant to evoke real architectural spaces. But what interests me is what the world would be like if we were free of conventional limits. Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules” New York Times. August 25, 2008.
R.I.P. Mr Woods
The 18th century ruins of Sant Francesc church in Spain, converted into a multifunctional cultural facility by architect David Closes
Photographer: Jordi Surroca - via the fox is black
If you like this project you must check:
The naumann.architektur house
The Forte de Fortezza renovation
The Million Donkey Hotel
Built in a city who has undoubtedly surrendered itself to commercial architecture, generic office glass towers and boring identical light brown brick developments British Brutalism has created a number of buildings that are able to relieve both eyes and soul of the aesthetically tortured Londoner.
Photographer Andy Spain who took all of the pictures of this post writes “ […] their strength and power speak of a time when people had a belief in architecture as a force for civic good. These structures were solid spaces to create a solid and strong world emerging from the gloom of the second world war. The (concrete) buildings represent what was great about building a society, universities, hospitals, local governments as opposed to the steel and glass of contemporary retail and office complexes.”
The Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center, in Tokyo by architect Kengo Kuma.
photos by guen-k, via spoon & tamago
A workshop and storage facility within a watershed conservancy area, for a landscaping contractor, designed by Gray Organschi architects
via the fox is black
Documentary on people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in caves, converted garages, trailers, tool sheds, river boats and former pigeon coops. Created by TV producer and Internet-video personality Kirsten Dirksen.
More info on the tiny house blog.
Found here. Link to video.
Playing springtime tourist in your home town is one of the best ways to waste time…These photos are from my walk into a part of the ancient agora (forum) in Athens, an archaeological park located in the center of the city, after a lunch cancellation last Sunday:}
On a small hill, surrounded by an ornamental garden you’ll find the Temple of Hephaestus, also called the Theseum (450 BC -unknown architect) made of an exquisite white marble from Mt. Penteli. Far less well-known than its neighbour, the Parthenon, this temple is a perfect place to relax
Theseum withstood all ravages of past centuries, from Venetians and Ottoman Turks to “philhellenes”, art collectors or religion fanatics who destroyed most of the “pagan” temples and structures during the Byzantine era.. It’s the best-preserved ancient Greek temple in existence and the only one of which any considerable portion of the upper part remains, as it was in antiquity.
aerial photo via