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Dating back to the early 1950s, brutalism has heavily influenced the world of contemporary architecture and design. Even today, young designers and architects draw inspiration from the iconic style. Naturally, brutalism in architecture shows no signs of fading away. Whether completed by established firms or new studios, these architectural projects showcase the best of contemporary brutalist designs. On this page, you can find anything from private residences to holiday retreats and sprawling hotels, all of them designed with minimalist concrete forms and expressive structures.

 

Brutalism in architecture has given the world many iconic buildings, but this style also shines when it comes to residential projects. Built on cliffs, spectacular concrete monoliths mirror the surrounding rocky landscape. Inside, they feature expansive living spaces with ultra-minimalist concrete designs that put the focus on the natural setting. Other houses make pine forests in coastal areas their home, while some brutalist dwellings rise from lush jungles. Here you can also find restoration projects that revitalize rustic houses and enhance them with brutalist extensions. Or urban homes nestled in a quiet residential area of a metropolis.

 

All of the architectural projects included here use concrete as a main building material. Whether they feature minimalist exteriors with simple rectangular volumes or concrete interiors, these houses and retreats all make the most of the urban material. Architects often use wood to counterbalance the roughness of concrete, whether it’s a decking area outdoors, timber shutters that provide privacy and shade, or wooden furniture. Examples of brutalism in architecture also include sprawling beach retreats where artists can create in tranquil, inspiring settings; modern farmhouses that reinterpret the brutalist style in a rustic language; and adaptive-reuse architecture with a poetic twist.

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