Brutal Britain

Architecture  I  Illustration   I  Photography  I   2018 

Build Your Own Brutalist Great Britain

High-rise tower blocks, prefab panel housing estates, streets in the sky, new towns; some of the concrete constructions that once shaped the cityscapes of post-war Britain have stood the test of time, while others are long gone. 

Brutal Britain by Zupagrafika celebrates the brutalist architecture of the British Isles, inviting readers to explore the Modern past of Great Britain and rebuild some of its most intriguing post-war edifices, from the iconic slabs of Sheffield`s Park Hill and experimental tower blocks at Cotton Gardens in London, to the demolished Birmingham Central Library.

Opening with a foreword by architectural historian Barnabas Calder, this book includes short chapters with full-page colour illustrations and informative texts on each building, along with 8 press-out paper models featuring all kinds of details originally present on the facades. All models are die-cut and pre-folded with simple assembly instructions attached: all you need is glue.

Arlington House. Margate  
Birmingham Central Library. Birmingham
Cables Wynd House (Aka Banana Flats).
Cotton Gardens Estate. London
Hutchesontown C.
No. 1 Croydon. Croydon
Park Hill.
The Toast Rack. Manchester

“ (...) Build your miniature postwar paradise from the models in this book. Very sadly, shortsighted building managements and weak heritage protection for postwar architecture mean there is a real chance that, if you use decent glue, your models could survive longer than some of the original buildings did.”

– Dr Barnabas Calder

Zupagrafika (David Navarro & Martyna Sobecka)
Foreword: Barnabas Calder
Publisher: Zupagrafika © 2018. All rights reserved.

Brutal Britain