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Utopia Photo Series Captures London’s Brutalist Architecture

Utopia Photo Series Captures London’s Brutalist Architecture
Utopia Photo Series Captures London’s Brutalist Architecture, © Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner

Studio Esinam, in collaboration with London-based photographer Rory Gardiner, has released Utopia, a photo series that captures and pays tribute to London’s Brutalist architecture. The series aims to “highlight the subtle beauties hidden beneath the hard surface of some of London’s brutalist buildings.”

Photographed during the early spring of 2016, the project captures some of the city’s best examples of Brutalism: the Barbican Estate, Royal National Theatre, Hayward Gallery, Trellick Tower, and the Robin Hood Gardens.

© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner © Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner © Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner © Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner + 22

Each photograph strives to highlight the architectural and sculptural qualities of the buildings, in the hopes that they will inspire viewers to explore the style further.

© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner

“Contrary to how many people perceive brutalism today, it was once the architecture of utopian visions and ambitions of making peoples’ lives better through architecture. Brutalism, although deriving from the French term béton brut, meaning raw concrete, was about much more than just that. These projects were based on ideas about the value of human relationships and interactions on a will to democratize architecture and the city, to make it open for everyone—ambitions few projects have today.”

© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
© Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner

A selection of the photos will be printed and available in a limited edition. Learn more on Studio Esinam's website.

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Cite: Sabrina Santos. "Utopia Photo Series Captures London’s Brutalist Architecture" 07 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/784876/utopia-photo-series-captures-londons-brutalist-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884
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