Simon Phipps Finding Brutalism

A Photographic Survey of Post-War British Architecture

A striking selection from Simon Phipps's unique documentation of British brutalism.

 

Title Information

Edited by Hilar Stadler and Andreas Hertach. Photographs by Simon Phipps. With contributions by Catherine Ince and Owen Hatherley, and a conversation with Kate Macintosh by Stephen Parnell

1st edition

, 2017

Hardback

258 pages, 10 color, 192 duotone, and 28 b/w illustrations

20 x 25.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-063-3

In cooperation with Museum im Bellpark, Kriens

Content

For more than thirty years, British photographer Simon Phipps has been documenting the rebuilding of Britain after the Second World War through the work of architects. His archive documents Britain’s post-war modernism and new brutalism in architecture and recognizes the architects’ enormous contribution to the transformation of the political and social landscape of the country in the aftermath of WW II. Significant building on a mass scale was realized and new building techniques were pioneered alongside innovative layouts, resulting in buildings of outstanding quality, displaying radical new forms. The construction ranged from public and private housing, to schools and universities, churches, museums, galleries, commercial and, ultimately, entire new towns.

This new book features around 200 of Simon Phipps’s photographs of some 160 buildings in all parts of England completed between the 1950s until the 1980s. They create a confrontation of buildings and architectural fragments, evoking a distinct atmosphere of brutalism. The essays and a conversation with architect Kate Macintosh contextualize brutalism in architecture from a British perspective.

The book is published in conjunction with an exhibition at Museum im Bellpark in Kriens near Lucerne.

 

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Authors & Editors

Owen Hatherley

Andreas Hertach

Catherine Ince

Kate Macintosh

Stephen Parnell

Simon Phipps

Hilar Stadler

, born 1963, studied art history and is director of Museum im Bellpark in Kriens, near Lucerne, Switzerland.

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Simon Phipps: Brunel University, Howell Centre, 1966, architect: Sheppard Robson © Simon Phipps, Courtesy Museum im Bellpark

Simon Phipps: Balfron Tower, Brownfield Estate, London, 1965-1967, architect: Ernő Goldfinger © Simon Phipps, Courtesy Museum im Bellpark

Simon Phipps: Aintree Estate, 1962-1967 architect: LCC Architects’ Department © Simon Phipps, Courtesy Museum im Bellpark

Simon Phipps: Earlstoke Estate, London, 1972–1976, architect: Renton Howard Wood Levin Partnership for GLC © Simon Phipps, Courtesy Museum im Bellpark

Simon Phipps: Hayward Gallery, South Bank, London, 1968, architect: Norman Engleback, Dennis Crompton, Warren Chalk and Ron Herron for the LCC © Simon Phipps, Courtesy Museum im Bellpark

Simon Phipps: Eros House, Catford, London, 1960-1963, architect: Rodney Gordon for the Owen Luder Partnership © Simon Phipps, Courtesy Museum im Bellpark

Simon Phipps: The Chapel at Churchill College, Cambridge, 1967, architect: Sheppard Robson © Simon Phipps, Courtesy Museum im Bellpark

Simon Phipps: Institute of Education, London, 1970–76, architect: Denys Lasdun © Simon Phipps, Courtesy Museum im Bellpark

Simon Phipps: National Theatre, South Bank, London, 1967-76, architect: Denys Lasdun © Simon Phipps, Courtesy Museum im Bellpark

Simon Phipps: University of East Anglia, Library, Norwich, 1962–68, architect: Denys Lasdun © Simon Phipps, Courtesy Museum im Bellpark

Simon Phipps: University of Anglia Norwich, 1962-1968, architect: Denys Lasdun © Simon Phipps, Courtesy Museum im Bellpark

Simon Phipps: Apollo Pavillion, Peterlee, 1969, architect: Victor Pasmore © Simon Phipps, Courtesy Museum im Bellpark

Simon Phipps: Ulster Museum, Belfast, 1968-1972, architect: Francis Pym © Simon Phipps, Courtesy Museum im Bellpark

 

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