Collection by Kate Santos

Famous Brutalist Buildings


Named after its raw aesthetic, Brutalism in modern architecture features elements of strict linear design and repetitive geometric shapes. The controversial style rose to popularity in the 1950s and mostly fell out of favor in the last few decades with the exception of sporadic resurgences in South America and the Middle East. Here are six famous Brutalist buildings featured in Dwell.

Orange County Government Center, 1971, Paul Rudolph.
Orange County Government Center, 1971, Paul Rudolph.
Over 60 years ago, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru tapped the Swiss architect Le Corbusier to design the Indian city of...
Le Corbusier designed the immense Secrétariat building’s facade (138 feet tall and 833 feet long) to be cooled by a...
Clorindo Testa’s imposing Banco de Londres in the city center is a prime example of Brutalist architecture.
The Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania holds intellectual treasures behind its brutalist facade.
“Many of Erickson’s buildings have a cold Brutalism about them; [with the Museum of Anthropology] he’s achieved a...