“Brutalist” Buildings That Should Be Dystopian Movie Sets

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The Brutalist architectural style was popular in the mid-twentieth century. Any time you see a giant, cement building with a thick, angular silhouette — you can thank Brutalism. You may not find the style beautiful, but you have to admit these examples of it would make great scifi environments.

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Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban, the house of the Parliament of Bangladesh, Dhaka (Louis Kahn, 1961-1982)

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Nichinan Cultural Center, Nichinan, Japan (Kenzo Tange, 1963)

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J. Edgar Hoover Building, the headquarters of the FBI, Washington D. C. (Charles F. Murphy and Associates, 1965-1975)

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The 31-storey Trellick Tower, West London, UK (Ernő Goldfinger, 1966-1972)

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Orange County Government Center, Goshen, New York (Paul Rudolph, 1967)

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Habitat 67, Montreal, Canada (Moshe Sadfie, 1967)

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The Tetris-like building was built for the 1967 World's Fair. It has 146 residences, (354 concrete forms in 12 storeys) all of them with a private terrace.

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The John P. Robarts Research Library, University of Toronto (Mathers & Haldenby Architects with Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde, 1968-1973)

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Geisel Library, University of California, San Diego (William Pereira, opened in 1970)

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Biblioteca Nacional, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Clorindo Testa, designed in 1961, constructed between 1971 and 1992)

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Klinikum Aachen or Universitätsklinikum Aachen, the biggest single-building hospital in Europe (construction started in 1972, opened in 1985)

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Central Research Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics, St. Petersburg, Russia (1973-1988)

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You can see more strange buildings of the Eastern Bloc from the last decades of communism here.

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(via PanGorod.ruand the St. Petersburg University's Museum)

Wotruba Church or The Kirche Zur Heiligsten Dreifaltigkeit, Vienna, Austria (modelled by Fritz Wotruba, 1974-1978)

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The 35-storey Western City Gate or Genex Tower, Belgrade, Serbia (Mihajlo Mitrović, 1977)

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The third-largest tower in Eastern Europe. It has a two-story bridge between the two towers and a restaurant at the top.

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carrercrytharis
CarrerCrytharis

Actually, I really like a few Brutalist buildings, like the Boston City Hall. They convey a sense of power, as if they're built from giant concrete waterfalls.