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Brutalism in European Schools and Universities, Photographed by Stefano Perego

In his book “The New Brutalism in Architecture: Ethical or Aesthetic?,” Reyner Banham establishes what he deems the semantic roots of the term 'Brutalism,' explaining that it comes from one of the " indisputable turning points in architecture, the construction of Le Corbusier's concrete masterpiece, la Unité d'habitation de Marseille. It was Corbusier's own word for raw or rough-cast concrete, "Béton brut," that made Brutalism a mainstay in architectural jargon and, in many ways, the term, as well as the architecture it described, flourished." In the book, Banham highlights the historical milestone marked by Corbusier's Unite d' Habitation and the socio-political context that shaped it. In steel-starved post-World War II Europe, exposed concrete became the go-to building material within the burgeoning Brutalist movement, which quickly defined itself by its bare-bone, rugged surfaces and dramatic, geometric shapes.

Salvazione Christian School / Local Studio

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Hangzhou Haishu School of Future Sci-Tech City / LYCS Architecture

West Aerial View. Image © Qingshan WuIndependent U-shaped Unit Of Kindergarten. Image © Shengliang SuExposed Stairs And Corridors. Image © Shengliang SuRoof Playground. Image © Qingshan Wu+ 37

  • Architects: LYCS Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  44900
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Hangzhou Gudun Road Primary School / GLA

© Su Shengliang© Su Shengliang© Su Shengliang© Su Shengliang+ 32

Hangzhou Shi, China
  • Architects: GLA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  34000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Professionals: GREENTOWN AKIN

Xiashan Primary School / STI Studio from the Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University

© Chunliu Yu
© Chunliu Yu

Henley Halebrown Releases New Images of Mixed Use School in London

Henley Halebrown has released updates for their proposed mixed-use scheme in Hackney, London. 333 Kingland Road, previously occupied by a fire station, will soon be home to the Hackney New Primary School, commercial units, and dual aspect apartments. The scheme aims to address a need for school places and homes in London and to maintain a connection between learning and living in a dense urban environment.

The central school courtyard. Image Courtesy of Henley HalebrownModel of school entrance. Image Courtesy of Henley HalebrownLooking east along Downham Road. Image Courtesy of Henley HalebrownLooking south along Kingsland Road. Image Courtesy of Henley Halebrown+ 15