Review: A Journey through Brutalism – the guided walk

Posted on March 20th, by Steve Thompson in Culture. 1 Comment

A great opportunity to see our town through new eyes, thanks to RISE Gallery

Organised by RISE Gallery, St George’s Walk, this fascinating tour complements the current Brutalist exhibition at the gallery.

The tour was led by the ebullient Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, owner of RISE Gallery, who gave interesting insights into Croydon buildings which most of us are familiar with, but probably know little more about them.

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Event review: the launch of the Journey Through Brutalism exhibition at RISE Gallery

Posted on March 12th, by Taylan Tahir in Culture. No Comments

We need to talk about Croydon’s brutalist architecture

Turning off from the relentless stream of cars driving up and down Wellesley Road, I glanced up at the unlit tower of concrete and glass soaring overhead and shimmering in the streetlights. The Nestlé building rested peacefully in the crisp evening air. Its slender vertical structure faded to a dark grey, blending seamlessly into the night sky. I ducked … Read More »

What’s brutal about Croydon?

Posted on July 17th, by Tom Winter in Culture. No Comments

Tom Winter on why Croydon’s a gentler suburb than its reputation suggests

What is brutalism? It’s a style of building associated with pioneers such as the French architect Le Corbusier, in which ‘béton brut (concrete), [is] treated… uncompromisingly, with the formwork patterns not only visible but deliberately emphasised [and in which] aspects of mechanical engineering become overtly displayed’. (That’s according to James Stevens Curl in his Architectural … Read More »