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Space, Hope and Brutalism Gallery

Post War architecture 1945-75 in England

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Choose from 72 images in our Space, Hope and Brutalism collection.

Central London YMCA JLP01_08_761537 Featured Space, Hope and Brutalism Image

Central London YMCA JLP01_08_761537

Central London YMCA, Great Russell Street, Camden, Greater London. The structurally-complete tower blocks of the Central London YMCA, with scaffolding erected around the two-storey podium below, viewed from the south-east.
It was announced in February 1971 that Laing had started work on a new building at Central London YMCA, to replace an existing building which had opened in the 1910s. The project comprised four residential towers between 6 and 12 storeys high, above a podium. The towers would accommodate 1,200 residents in over 700 single and double bedrooms; staff would be accommodated in penthouse suits on the top of the three lower towers. The towers were built on a two-storey podium containing restaurants, offices, a public library, and shops. Beneath the buildings were basements 16 metres below street level, for car parks, a swimming pool, a gymnasium, a sports hall, and a conference centre. The basements and podium, which were built using reinforced concrete and structural steel, comprised Phase I of the project. The towers were built in Phase II. They were clad in 2,000 precast concrete panels and used deeply moulded white concrete window panels, both manufactured by John Laing Concrete in Princes Risborough. The building was completed in 1977, though it was partially occupied by October 1976

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Dunelm House, Durham University JLP01_08_073192 Featured Space, Hope and Brutalism Image

Dunelm House, Durham University JLP01_08_073192

Exterior view of Dunelm House, Durham University, showing a walkway and stairs. Dunelm House was designed by Architects Co-Partnership, under the supervision of Sir Ove Arup, and completed in the Brutalist style in 1965. Photograph, 1965-70. John Laing Collection

© Historic England. John Laing Photographic Collection

Architecture, Brutalist Style, Modern, Night

Birmingham Central Library DP137657 Featured Space, Hope and Brutalism Image

Birmingham Central Library DP137657

Birmingham Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, West Midlands. General view of library (now demolished), from the north pediment of the Town Hall. Brutalist architecture designed by John Madin

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Architecture, City, Concrete, Modern, Post War, Urban