Living and working in one of these “Brutalist” buildings here in Italy, the “Condominio Zipser” by Marcello d’Olivo (1960-1964) has always been fascinating for us. For many years none of these buildings has been considered interesting or worth saving. Many of them have been destroyed and many of these buildings are abandoned or endangered.
When the organizers of the exhibition S.O.S. Brutalism called us from Frankfurt, Germany to get some images and information about the stunning Condominio Zipser we were very proud to give them also the tip that there were many more buildings of this kind and period around. The Lignano Pineta project by Marcello D’Olivo, the Santuario di Monte Grisa by Antonio Guacci or the Il Quadrilatero (ATER) by Carlo Celli just to name a few.
They were actually one of the first who ever documented all those buildings worldwide and the new book published by Phaidon is a great addition to their work:
Atlas of Brutalist Architecture
Big. Bold. Brutal. 850 awe-inspiring buildings in one beautiful large-format volume
This is the only book to thoroughly document the world’s finest examples of Brutalist architecture. More than 850 buildings – existing and demolished, classic and contemporary – are organized geographically into nine continental regions.
878 Buildings, 798 Architects, 102 Countries, 9 World Regions, 1 Style BRUTALISM
Presented in an oversized format with a specially bound case with three-dimensional finishes, 1000 beautiful duotone photographs throughout bring the graphic strength, emotional power, and compelling architectural presence of Brutalism to life.
From 20th century masters to contemporary architects, much-loved masterpieces in the UK and USA sit alongside lesser-known examples in Europe, Asia, Australia, and beyond – 102 countries in all.
Twentieth-century masters included in the book: Marcel Breuer, Lina Bo Bardi, Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Ernö Goldfinger, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Oscar Niemeyer, and Paul Rudolph.
Contemporary architects featured include Peter Zumthor, Alvaro Siza, Coop Himmelb(l)au, David Chipperfield, Diller and Scofidio, Herzog & de Meuron, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, OMA, Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, and Zaha Hadid.
“A new encyclopedia of brutalist buildings makes the case that the movement is making a comeback.”—Curbed SF
“Brutalism was mocked and misunderstood. But it produced some of the most sublime, awe-inspiring buildings on the planet.”—Jonathan Meades, BBC TV
You can order your copy here or pick it up at your local dealer.