on brutalism and whales

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!

20130706_195820 20130706_195904_1You approach carefuly and realise that the skeleton in real and it belongs to a giant (20m long) Finback whale!

20130706_194408Around 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!

20130706_19451620130706_19520920130706_19481920130706_194849The 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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