Flick by means of ‘Brutal Wales’, a e-book celebrating concrete structure

by Editorial Team

Brutal Wales is a deal with – each for lovers of brutalist structure and concrete buildings, but in addition for historical past and images fanatics, because it gives an indulgent journey by means of a collection of established and lesser-known Welsh gems of the actual style. All are seen by means of the lens of achieved photographer Simon Phipps, who explored Welsh modernist structure by means of a complete of 60 case research, discovered on this new e-book by September Publishing. 

(Picture credit score: Simon Phipps)

Brutal Wales: a deep dive into Welsh Twentieth-century structure

Following up on Phipps’ earlier photographic survey, Discovering Brutalism, which appeared on the structure motion’s expressions throughout the UK, this new structure e-book focuses on Wales, taking a deep dive right into a collection of modernist finds. 

Brutal Wales: West Glamorgan County Hall (now Swansea Civic Centre)

West Glamorgan County Corridor (now Swansea Civic Centre)

(Picture credit score: Simon Phipps)

‘Of their daring creativeness and visionary execution [these buildings] assist join us to a interval in our historical past that’s all too simply missed and uncared for – the latest previous,’ writes John Grindrod within the e-book’s introduction.

Brutal Wales: Bell Tower (La Campanile) Aberystwyth University

Bell Tower (La Campanile), Aberystwyth College

(Picture credit score: Simon Phipps)

The buildings included span the width and breadth of Wales – from an electrical energy substation in Swansea and the Margam Crematorium to uncommon interiors of the Trostre steelworks and the undercroft of the George Road Bridge in Newport.

Brutal Wales: County Hall, Mold

(Picture credit score: Simon Phipps)

Brutal Wales kinds the newest in a collection of publications by Phipps, who has been investigating brutalist structure throughout the nation for greater than 20 years. 

Brutal Wales: The Crown Buildings (Cathays Park Buildings), Cardiff

The Crown Buildings (Cathays Park Buildings), Cardiff

(Picture credit score: Simon Phipps)

‘They’re fragments from one other age, however of their modernity include the stirrings of change that foreshadow devolution, a good grander venture that will solely come to go some many years later,’ Grindrod’s introduction continues. 

Brutal Wales: George Street Bridge Newport

George Road Bridge, Newport

(Picture credit score: Simon Phipps)

The e-book is designed by Marc Jennings, and comes with each Welsh and English language textual content all through. A collaborative exhibition between Swansea Museum and Phipps will mark the e-book’s launch within the spring of 2024. 

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