Balfron Tower, Churchill Gardens, Trellick Tower, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican. Any Londoner will speak proudly about these Brutalist giants and their concrete and brick facades. They stand tall in the city like Modernist outsiders left on their own since the social crumble in the 80s and 90s.
Newcomers in the architecture world, Bow based 18-strong collective Assemble came to everyone’s attention last month with their surprise nomination for the 2015 Turner Prize and are set to open their first ever gallery show at RIBA’s Architecture Gallery; The Brutalist Playground.
Paying homage to the housing estates and playgrounds that fell into dereliction, Assemble have reworked these structures “swapping concrete for candyfloss colour foam”, “like concrete on an acid trip – it’s slightly weird,” says Joe Halligan who is leading this project for Assemble.
The part sculpture, part architectural installation exhibition opens on the 10th of June and runs until the 16th of August.