Brutal Britain

Build Your Own Brutalist Great Britain

Art Direction  I  Illustration  I  Editorial Design   I  Architecture  I    2018

© 2012- 2018 Zupagrafika. All rights reserved. 


48 Pages
Size: 24 x 30 x 1 cm.
ISBN 978-8395057427

Language: English
Author: Zupagrafika
Publisher: Zupagrafika

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 (author of ‘Brutal London’) 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). Edinburgh

Cotton Gardens Estate. London

Hutchesontown C. Glasgow

No. 1 Croydon. Croydon

Park Hill. Sheffield

The Toast Rack. Manchester

Brutal Britain is now available in our online shop and in selected bookshops around Europe. 

Out: October 2018  I  © Zupagrafika 2018. All rights reserved. 

“ (...) 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   

Architectural Historian
Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Liverpool

Hutchesontown Area C.  Gorbals, Glasgow. Photo: Henk Snoek, 1964.
© HES (Sir Basil Spence Collection). Image from the book.

Park Hill Sheffield, 1961. Photo: Reginald Hugo De Burgh Galwey.
© Riba Collections. Architectural Press Archive. (Image from the book)