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The Brutalist Playground

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Brutalist architecture is a controversial movement that originated in Britain shortly after World War II, bringing rise to expressive structures made of raw, massive materials with an uncompromisingly rugged aesthetic. Throughout the entire country, large residential complexes were erected, primarily in concrete. 

Some of these estates featured unconventionally designed play areas, which this...

Brutalist architecture is a controversial movement that originated in Britain shortly after World War II, bringing rise to expressive structures made of raw, massive materials with an uncompromisingly rugged aesthetic. Throughout the entire country, large residential complexes were erected, primarily in concrete. 

Some of these estates featured unconventionally designed play areas, which this exhibition rediscovers. Archival materials of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have been used to recreate »Brutalist«’ playgrounds – hybrid architectural installations and walk-through sculptures. The exhibition was developed by RIBA, the architectural collective Assemble (winner of the 2015 Turner Prize), and artist Simon Terrill.

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