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National Trust set to showcase Brutalist gems

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The National Trust has launched a nationwide programme celebrating the UK’s Brutalist architecture highlights

The heritage organisation has partnered with the Southbank Centre, Urban Splash, and the University of East Anglia for a programme of events.

From 25 September ‘Brutal Utopias’ will offer tours of the Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, and Hayward gallery, the recently revamped Park Hill estate in Sheffield, and the Lasdun-designed University of East Anglia in Norwich.

The ten-day long celebration will also offer Routemaster bus tours of other Brutalist buildings across the capital including the Barbican Estate by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, Neave Brown’s Alexandra Road Estate, and Ernö Goldfinger’s iconic Trellick Tower.

In a statement the National Trust, said: ‘Love it or not, Brutalism was the dominant post-war architectural movement that sought to offer the best of design to the masses through public housing schemes, new universities and venues for the arts and education that were accessible to all. 50 years on, Brutal Utopias reconsiders this era.’ 

The events follow the National Trust’s hugely successful opening up of a flat in Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower last summer.

Further information on how to book tickets for the events can be found, here.

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