A Brutal End For Brutalism?

Brutalism Building

Hubert H. Humphrey Building, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D. C. Image Source: Wikipedia

It seems there hasn’t been a more reviled architectural style in the past century than Brutalism.

Thirty years back, when Prince Charles of Wales – Brutalist enemy number one – paid a visit to the Birmingham Library, he purportedly likened it to a place where books are burned rather than put on loan. In 1987, in his Mansion House speech, Charles said that he valued post-war architecture less than the rubble left in the aftermath of Luftwaffe air raids.

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8 Incredible American Castles To Visit This Summer

Most medieval castles were constructed between the 10th and 17th centuries, long before Europeans settled America. Even today, it’s easy to find castles dotting the European landscape, many of them still occupied by families who have lived there for generations. But America doesn’t need to feel too left out. While Europe indeed has a monopoly on culturally and historically rich castles, these American castles are still pretty incredible.

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Snarkitecture’s “Beach” Is Taking Over Washington D.C.

Sharkitecture The Beach Indoor

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Forget sand and seawater. The architects and artists at Snarkitecture have created a beach that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Using nearly one million white plastic balls, the studio installed a 10,000 square foot ball pit smack dab in the middle of the National Building Museum’s grand hall in Washington D.C. As if its sheer size wasn’t impressive enough, the installation’s monochromatic white on white color palette makes “The Beach” simply unforgettable.

Snarkitecture The Beach Installation

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Life Inside A Tiny Parisian Apartment

What would you be willing to put up with in order to live in Paris? Maybe several flights of stairs and a living space about the size of a large closet? If that’s the case, then this diminutive domicile is just for you. With an area of only 86 square feet, this is without a doubt one of the tiniest homes in Paris. And yet, it’s entirely functional. Which is to say, its size scarcity won’t lead you to the brink of insanity and then push you over the edge.

Take a tour of the petite abode with Kitoko Studio, the masterminds behind the apartment’s functionality-minded renovation, and see if this sort of lifestyle is for you.

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