Brutalist London

An ode to St Giles Hotel, Imperial Hotel and UCL's Institute of Education ​

You have walked by dozens of them before, unaware of their towering presence. Their gaze set, as millions scuttle around you. Maybe you know a person who lives in one, or someone who works in the field and cannot stop pointing out the popular ones.  
Buildings such as the Barbican Centre, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre or Centre Point became functional between the 1950s and ’70s. Yet, looking at them today invokes the words “raw” or “unfinished. “Monolithic” and “blocky” are others.
Have you stopped to look at London’s Brutalist architecture? 
And when you look, what do you see? 

In frame: Lucia Lobaz 

A woman is pictured against the facade of the St. Giles Hotel at Tottenham Court Road, London.
The eastern facade of the St GIles at Tottenham Court Road, London
A woman is pictured against the Imperial Hotel in Russell Square, London. It is built in Brutalist style architecture.

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