I've always been moved by brutalism…

… I don't think a lot of people appreciate this movement and I understand why. I can't put into words what I like about this super severe style of architecture but I've always loved huge hunks of concrete and how they cut space both gracefully and ruthlessly at the same time. 

The Barbican Centre was one of my Must Sees on my London trip, architecture wise. I probably could have gone to one of the newer buildings, but I decided to head to this one (which is now a center for exhibitions on art, design, music, film, etc.). Built in the 60s all the way to the 70s, it absolutely echoes one of my local faves, the CCP designed by Leandro Locsin.

 Gotta love that typography! I'm also really into the gentle curves on the facade set against the glass and the sharp corners.

Gotta love that typography! I'm also really into the gentle curves on the facade set against the glass and the sharp corners.

 The bright pops of red are so fun! Also, love the use of typography + environmental design here. The trees do a lot to soften the facade too.

The bright pops of red are so fun! Also, love the use of typography + environmental design here. The trees do a lot to soften the facade too.

 I walked through the building and made my way out to the courtyard, which was HUGE! A lot of outdoor seating was available, but I copped a seat in the cafeteria right across this spot (wanted to warm myself up with some coffee). It's so nice to have beautiful, open, public spaces like these (and weather that supports outdoor activities too).

I walked through the building and made my way out to the courtyard, which was HUGE! A lot of outdoor seating was available, but I copped a seat in the cafeteria right across this spot (wanted to warm myself up with some coffee). It's so nice to have beautiful, open, public spaces like these (and weather that supports outdoor activities too).

 It's interesting how water intersects with the outdoor spaces and how the round forms (from the pools to the columns) work against all the blocks. There was an architectural tour going on while I was walking around here and I so badly wanted to listen in!

It's interesting how water intersects with the outdoor spaces and how the round forms (from the pools to the columns) work against all the blocks. There was an architectural tour going on while I was walking around here and I so badly wanted to listen in!

 Got my coffee right here at the Barbican Kitchen. I got a window seat and spent some time writing while looking at this lovely view.

Got my coffee right here at the Barbican Kitchen. I got a window seat and spent some time writing while looking at this lovely view.

 Ugly-beautiful.

Ugly-beautiful.

 Had to get in another shot before leaving the building. <3

Had to get in another shot before leaving the building. <3

In hindsight, I wish I had taken more interior shots! Putting that on my To Do list for next time :)

xx