Brutal London

Constuct Your Own Concrete Capital

Author: Zupagrafika


With contributions by John Grindrod, Peter Chadwick and a foreword by Norman Foster


Based on Zupagrafika´s acclaimed “Brutal London”, originally released in 2015.

Art Direction, Cover design, illustrations
and Layout: Zupagrafika

Art Direction  I  Editorial design  I  Illustration  I Architecture  I   2016

© 2012- 2016 Zupagrafika. All rights reserved. 



Hardcover. 24 x 28 cm.  

72 pages

Publisher: Prestel


Contains 9 models to press out and build:

Alexandra Road Estate

Alton Estate

Aylesbury Estate

Ledbury Estate

National Theatre

Robin Hood Gardens

Barbican Estate

Balfron Tower

Space House

Brutal London by Zupagrafika is a playful journey through London´s post-war brutalist architecture that allows the readers to construct some of the most interesting and controversial concrete structures while learning about their place in the city´s architectural history. Opening with an informative history of the origins and philosophy of Brutalism, the book features 9 buildings to assemble: Alexandra Road Estate, Alton Estate, Aylesbury Estate, Ledbury Estate, National Theatre, Robin Hood Gardens, Barbican Estate, Balfron Tower and Space House.

The first part of the book features a foreword by Norman Foster and looks at the significance of these buildings with a short chapter on each, complete with texts by John Grindrod (author of 'Concretopia') and photos by Peter Chadwick (author of 'This Brutal World').

Brutal London continues with a series of illustrated buildings to be found around the districts of Camden, Southwark, Tower Hamlet, Roehampton and City of London. Printed on heavy card stock, readers can detach and construct both iconic brutalist structures, such as: Balfron Tower, Barbican Estate, and National Theatre, as well as social council estates, like Robin Hood Gardens and Aylesbury Estate doomed to premature demolition.

This book is an adaptation of the acclaimed 'Brutal London' series of illustrated paper cut-outs first designed and published
by Zupagrafika in 2015. 


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