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Wishing you all a brutally beautiful Christmas💜💫 Love, Play . #playhunter #brutalistbeauties #sweetbrutalist #nationaltheatre

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Above us only sky: Carradale House, Ernő Goldfinger, Poplar, London 1967-1969 . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist #ernogoldfinger

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Trellick Tower, Ernö Goldfinger, London 1972 > shop now in my #brutalistbeauties postcard edition > bio . The 120 metre high monolith in North Kensington was designed to be an exemplary model of postwar social housing. Like Balfron, its older twin in east London, Trellick is split into dwelling unit and the service tower/lift, connected by access corridors at every third floor. Unfortunately for architect and residents, tower-blocks had gone out of fashion by the time Trellick was built. Low funding and lack of security resulted in crime, vandalism and deaths. By the end of the decade, Trellick was nicknamed 'Tower of Terror’. In the eighties its fortunes turned under new management. It was awarded Grade II status in 1998. Today Trellick is transforming from archetypal brute to brutalist beau. Though demand for privately owned flats is high, the majority of dwellings is still social housing. . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist #trellick

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The #BrutalistBeauties Zurich Set features beton brut icons Triemli Tower (1966) Hardau (1978) and Swissmill Tower (2016). Their unapologetic rawness polarises public opinion to this day. How about: beauty is brutal. Let's learn to love our local brutes. . Printed in small quantity in London, the set of silky, soft-touch finish cards appeals as collector’s items and gifts, making it easy to show and send your Brutalist love > link in bio . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist #hardau #triemlitower #swissmilltower

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Esther & Rudolf Guyer, Zurich 1966, part of my #brutalistbeauties postcard edition > link in bio . Making zero attempts at being pretty, this hard-edged, 43m tall brute leaves no-one cold. From the beginning, Triemli has had its fair share of detractors. Only in summer 2018 the tower was voted ‘Switzerland’s ugliest building’. But ask any resident, and they will tell you how much they appreciate the far-reaching views across the city from their balconies, the well-cut, quiet flats, affordable rent, easy access to nature and excellent public transport connections to the city centre. Frustrating for some, Triemli Tower is a listed building and here to stay. . #playhunter, #sweetbrutalist #triemlitower

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Cromwell Tower, Barbican Estate, Chamberlin, Powell & Bon, available as #brutalistbeauties postcard > bio . The sight of the Barbican towers cutting against bleak London skies brings to mind JG Ballard’s 1975 novel ‘High-Rise’ about the slow decay of a luxury tower block building as the well-off inhabitants descend into violence and chaos. But that’s science-fiction. The combined forces of monumental Brutalist architecture, nature and the course of time have created a happy human habitat. Built on a World War II bomb site, the Barbican is an inner city oasis abundant in culture, greenery and lakes. Specifically targeted at affluent city workers, it houses approximately 4000 residents, an art centre, a school, restaurants and shops. Brick-lined public walkways connect the different parts and levels. Coarse, bush-hammered concrete walls give the feel of moving on the edge of cliffs. Quite the utopia. . #playhunter #barbican #sweetbrutalist

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I'm super excited to introduce Brutalist Beauties small edition of postcards > hit link in bio. . Catching the raw beauty and bold geometrics of Brutalist architecture, the six-piece edition unites iconic brutes from London and Zurich, such as the #nationaltheatre and #hardau. Printed in small quantity in London, the silky, soft-touch finish cards appeal as collector’s items and gifts, making it easy to show and share your Brutalist love. Available as single cards, Complete Set, London Set and Zurich Set. Shop on my webshop (free worldwide shipping) and select shops in Zurich >link in bio. . . #sweetbrutalist #playhunter

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Fade to beige (Barbican Estate, London) . . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist #barbican #barbicancentre

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On the cutting edge of time, listening for the future: Lauderdale Tower, Barbican, London. Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, 1973. . . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist #barbican #barbicancentre

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Manipulations of Geometry - National Theatre, London . . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist #nationaltheatre #denysladun

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There was no need to dress up, darling... Balfron Tower, Ernö Goldfinger, Poplar, London, 1968. . . No, this isn’t Christo’s latest art project. The sixties Brutalist is feeling the age and needs a major facelift. Still, the sight of the rain-lashed, 27-storey boldness enshrouded in crisp white scaffolding, is quite something. It is best enjoyed travelling on the Dockland Light Railway (DLR) from or to London City Airport. If you get off at Blackwall station you can also take in the remaining block of adjoining Robin Hood Gardens. That’s two key British Brutalists for the price of one. . . Originally, Balfron was built to provide affordable housing for local people who needed it. But it’s always been the tower’s sheer size and uncompromising concrete style that caught the attention and got people talking. Architect Ernö Goldfinger and his wife Ursula were among the first residents to move in. The couple lived in Flat 130 for two months from February 1968, throwing lavish parties for the working-class tenants. Widely decried as a publicity stunt in architectural circles, the Goldfinger’s Balfron time purportedly served the writer JG Ballard as the inspiration for the pompous master architect who lives in the penthouse of his doomed creation in High Rise. . . The revamped Balfron will feature a sleek, ‘best from the past for the present’ look and 146 luxury flats - but no homes for its former social tenants who have been ‘decanted’, aka re-housed over the past few years. The beacon of postwar social housing transforming into a carefully curated symbol of 21 century gentrification? Now that’s what I call brutal irony. . . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist #balfrontower #ernogoldfinger

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Labour of love: In 1958, architect and editor Brian Housden set out designing a house for his family in 78 South Hill Park, Hampstead. Reframing elements from the Rietveld Schroder House in Utrecht, Aldo van Eyck’s Orphanage in Amsterdam and La Maison Verre in Paris, the two-and-a-half storey building makes no concessions to the neighbouring Victorian town houses. Completed in 1965, this is as swinging sixties bling as a brute gets. . The stark postwar concrete slab facade is juxtaposed with cheerful, pink-framed Crittal windows, mosaics and glass bricks. Inside, unfaced concrete and exposed copper pipes elegantly clash with the bold pinks, tangerines, blues, violets and greens of the large open-plan living space whose centre piece is a sunken dining area. Colour-coordinated curtains snake throughout the space to divide the different areas. The back, overlooking Hampstead No1 Pond and the heath beyond, is almost entirely covered in glass bricks which flood the house with diffused natural light. Notoriously skint, Housden completed and furnished the family home piecemeal over the years. Apart from a 14-piece set of furniture by Gerrit Rietveld, transported to London over several trips, he built much of the furniture himself over a period of years. The building was Grade II listed in 2014, 2 days before Housden’s death. . Btw, Hampstead is quite a hotspot for British modernists. In winter 1978 Housden bumped into Ernö Goldfinger whose equally stunning early modernist house is located a short stroll away on the other side of the pond. Housden House is currently on offer for £3.25m. Where is my oligarch when I need him. . . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist #brianhousden #hampstead

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Brutalist sunset (Hardau, Zurich, 1978) . . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist #hardau

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This was tomorrow. Beautiful and damaged. . . #play_hunter #sweetbrutalist . . Model: #januzkuhlmann

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Triemli Tower, Zurich, view from the 13th floor. The dramatic triangular shapes remind me of an earlier use of reinforced concrete in Switzerland on a massive scale: the dragon’s teeth anti-tank defence fortifications the Swiss built during WW II to impede a possible Nazi invasion. The 16-tonne square-pyramidical shaped concrete teeth spread like mushrooms throughout the country. Due to their likeness to the Matterhorn-shaped chocolate bar, the Swiss affectionately named them ‘Toblerones’. . . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist #triemlitower

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Dr Pure and Mr Bling: a sleek, if unassuming minimalist by day, this facade comes alive at night, when the integrated light and colour effects switch on and the 2000 travertine stone strips start to swivel. Picture a  postmaterialist, purist take on Vegas. Quite the Swiss bank clerk by day who swings into full drag at night, or so. Scroll down to find out where to hook up. . . . . . . . CAS Casino Lugano, 1999-2001 by Luca Gazzaniga Architetti. #playhunter #sweetbrutalist

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The sky is the beginning . . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist

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Bruteaucracy now. . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist

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Brick and granite structures at #vitracampus. Built by Portuguese architect #alvarosiza, they form part of a pathway connecting Zaha Hadid's iconic fire station (1993) with @vitradesignmuseum by Frank Gehry (1989) and #VitraHaus by Herzog de Meuron. The promenade is open to the public, inviting visitors to explore the blending of beautifully landscaped nature, world class architecture and design as well as production spaces. . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist

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The tall, terracotta-hued wall evokes the imposing kasbah architecture of northern Africa, while the clean lines and geometric forms nod to #ricardobofill. Sweeping views of the Mediterranean and deep, azure skies and intense sun await. Erm, no, actually. Not for this banking building in Lugano Centro. The mind is a brilliant architect. . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist

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Mood: it's #threelionsonashirt all the way. Tears or triumph: tears and hurt are routine; but a smart English side actually winning penalties and fully deserving their place in the sun still feels mildy shocking. I'm looking forward to a night of pure #sweetbrutalist joy. Is it coming home: can't you hear the roar of the English soul. . . #playhunter

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Repost from @play_hunter - Is it a WW2 bunker, is it a sci-fi castle? No, it's Trellick's service tower > follow the trilogy in the feed. . It may look like your archetypal modernist brute, but architect Ernö Goldfinger had some very clever ideas for the slim, freestanding unit in signature bush-hammered concrete and arrow slit windows. He moved all the noisy equipment like lifts, heating and pumps into the separate unit, placing the boiler-room and water tanks on the top. This would allow the residents to enjoy their spacious flats and breathtaking views over London even more. . . But like many, originally altruist-minded, high-rise housing developments in the 60s and 70s, Trellick clashed badly with the harsh realities of low funding and lack of security. The effects on residents where overwhelmingly destructive and alienating. Before soon, the playground had to be roofed because of the dead cats, tellies, nappies, drugs on string etc etc pelting down. . . "An architecture built for war”, sci-fi novelist J.G. Ballard wryly commented at the time. In 1975, three years after Trellick's completion, he published the novel "High-Rise". It is a bleak apocalyptic tale about the social and physical disintegration of a community of 2000 people living in a 40-floor apartment tower in London. . Much of it appears to have been based directly on Trellick: the extended height, the starkly modernist facade and balconies, the pronounced stairs and elevators. Right down to the riots, swift slumification and scenes of complete anarchy and carnage - in the novel, the tenants end up eating each other (and their dogs). If you haven't, watch the sleek 2015 movie version starring Tom Hiddleston. And wonder for a moment how much material Trellick’s current transformation from beast to beauty amid the backdrop of rampantly gentrifying London, luxury ghost towers and the charred carcass of nearby Grenfell has there for a modern day sequel. #sweetbrutalist #playhunter . . #trellicktower #trellick #ernogoldfinger #brutalist #londonarchitecture

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Autosilo car park, Lugano . . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist

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...but the night is a lonely hunter. . @frankgehry building @vitradesignmuseum . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist

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@yaelanders in Translucent Chromointerferent Environment, 1974 – 2009 by Carlos Cruz-Diez, Art Unlimited, Art Basel. . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist

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The aim of design is to create space . . shot at @designmiami #playhunter #sweetbrutalist

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Take a look at this butt. How can you not love this tight-arsed beast? The shiny-slippery buttock muchness can swim. It can rave in a cemetry and swim with dolphins while giving birth to unicorns. It can fly in the face of the sublime and outright tackiness at the same time. I'm sure it lets out organic strawberry ice cream farts, too. Does it make a mockery of the contemporary art fun house? Maybe. Maybe not. Move your mind and your ass will follow. Welcome to #artbasel2018. . I'm thrilled to be your Preview Days access-all-areas, ahem, fly-on-the-butt. Follow my Instagram Stories for rolling coverage on #artbasel #designmiami #listebasel #artunlimited. Installation by #androwekua #kunsthallezurich . #playhunter #sweetbrutalist

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Meet Arto, standing tall for over 70 years - and growing. Named after his previous owner, I acquired Arto at Zurich Succulent Plant Collection's annual sale last year. Just picture it. Somewhere in Switzerland, around the end of WW II. The world around is in tatters. But a cacti lover defied that world and gave little Arto a chance. He's been enjoying his place in the bright sun ever since. Here's to you, my pretty, wise and undestructible septeguenarian one #sweetbrutalist #playhunter

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Brutalism starts at home: Triemli hospital, main building, Zurich. Opened 1970. #sweetbrutalist #playhunter #playlust

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