Brutalist Birmingham: 11 photos of the incredible buildings that people love and hate
The Birmingham city skyline is a mix of old and new – from its industrial past, to the brutalist structures of the 60s, and now with its shiny new skyscrapers.
We love Brum and it’s brilliant architecture. With such a melting pot of architectural styles, there are also many brutalist buildings across the city. The Brutalist architecture has divided opinion over the years.
It is characterised by minimalist constructions that showcase the bare building materials and structural elements instead of more extravagant, decorative design.
One particular structure has hit the headlines recently as Birmingham City Council approved plans to demolish it - and replace it with 1,750 flats yesterday (Thursday, September 28). There have been several protests against the plans for Smallbrook Queensway Ringway Centre.
Prince Charles has even commented on Birmingham’s brutalist architecture in the past, although he didn’t seem to be a fan of one building in particular. You can see which one in our gallery below.
Architecture is pretty subjective, and this of course can lead to different opinions, so we’ve decided to take a look at the most incredible brutalist buildings which are still standing in the city today.
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