Cold House






Projects and visualization by Cold House

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!

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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.)

Gray Ox

Hotel Zlatibor in the Serbian city of Užice opened its doors on 24 September 1981. It was designed by a (then) young architect Svetlana Radovic and nicknamed  “Sivonja,” which means “The Gray Ox,” an affectionate reference to its color and shape.  Luxuriously designed with a piano bar and rooms dressed in brown velvet and employing he best chefs, waiters, confectioners and other service personnel the Grey Ox was both a tourist magnet and a symbol of of Yugoslav confidence. During the 90s and in connection with the collapse of Yugoslavia,  the sanctions against Serbia  and consequently the complete lack of maintenance, the building started steadily decaying. Nowadays, the Ox might be old but it still maintains its strength: beautiful and dynamic architecture and the hotel still operating!

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I love that picture because It shows the context in which this bold building was built and how pioneering and progressive architecture can be.

Pictures taken on April 2013 by WWT

Story of hotel Zlatibor VIA 

Booking here

Fuck Yeah Brutalism

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! ”

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Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami, Florida, 1972, by Ferendino Grafton Spillis Candela

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Primary School, Quarzazate, Morocco, 1966, by Jean-François Zevaco

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Osaka University of the Arts, Japan, 1965-67 by Daiichi Kobo Planning Group

brutalism b4Fairydean Football Club Stand, Galashiels, Scotland, 1963

brutalism b6Post Office, Agadir, Morocco, 1966 by Jean-François Zevaco

brutalism b8Pilgrimage 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.

may I have a cup of brute please?

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.”

 Via Archdaily.


The Georgian Ministry of Highway Construction (Tbilisi, Georgia, 1975)

90 buildings in 14 former-USSR republics build from 1970 until 1990  are photographed by Frédéric Chaubin in his book ‘CCCP, Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed’ (insisting ‘unintentionally-naively ’ as most west Europeans to read Cyrillic S same  as Latin C, Я as R, И as N, etc).  Nevertheless, the buildings’ forms reveal amazing inventiveness and plurality.

Druzhba Holiday Centre (Yalta, Ukraine, built 1984)

The Ukrainian Institute of Scientific and Technological Research and Development (Kiev, Ukraine, 1971)

The Palace of Ceremonies (Tbilisi, Georgia, 1985)

The House of Soviets in Kaliningrad, Russia. Begun in 1974, its construction was never completed because of its structural flaws and the collapse of the USSR

The Central Research and Design Institute for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics (St Petersburg, Russia, 1987)

The architecture faculty at Minsk polytechnic, with a succession of overhanging lecture theatres (Minsk, Belarus, 1983)

Via the Guardian


Micasa Volume B is Vitra‘s showroom @São Paulo, Brazil, designed by StudioMK27. It is a block of concrete with an external wall made of leftover metallic lace. Found here.

Arcane Landscapes

Londoner Neil Montier manipulates photography and elements of
graphics to create places that sit somewhere between the reality and
fiction, giving the viewer ‘a sense of uneasiness as time and
location become lost in the absence of signs’. Arcane, mysterious and tempting!

Via Triangulation