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Brutalism returns

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The 1950s post war architectural movement, best known for its unapologetic, at times imposing structures, and love of honest materials like concrete is making its comeback. No longer reserved for use in the design of government buildings, brutalism’s return celebrates the style’s sober forms and simple, unrefined finishes in sleek private spaces too. Look to the work of Chilean architect Felipe Assadi and Open Platform for Architecture’s Casa Brutale in Greece for the movement’s latest incarnations. In both these more recent works, concrete plays a primary role in the structure’s form and function while incorporating more of the environment through uninterrupted windows and setting the structure deep into the earth. Read more about them both: Hidden in the hillside - Open Platform for Architecture's modern take on Brutalism chile3 Concrete joins the earth - Casa Brutale brings back Brutalism cbru_3_web