Brutalist architecture designs can now be on your wall

The unforgiving grey concrete texture, repeated patterns and monochrome palettes are back in the form of wallpaper.


Brutalist architecture may not be everyone's cup of tea, but there's no denying its historical significance.

The architectural style popular from the 1950s to mid 1970s has long been dividing opinions, but whether you love the minimalism or despise it, brutalist architecture designs are now available to buy as wallpaper.

Designer wallpaper supplier Murals Wallpaper is releasing a brand new collection based on the iconic architectural style, providing a bold and dramatic feature wall option for your home.

The unforgiving grey concrete texture, repeated patterns and monochrome palettes are all available as different wallpaper styles, which you can buy for £30/US$35 per square metre.


Brutalism became a popular architecture decision for governmental, institutional buildings, university buildings (such as University of East Anglia in the UK), housing tower blocks and shopping centres, but remained a rare choice for corporate projects.

Brutalist-based buildings can be seen scattered throughout the UK, US, Canada and Australia, Western Europe, the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc.

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The style is typically defined by fortress-like structures, with exposed concrete construction, and ruggedly combined brickwork. There is often an emphasis on graphically expressing form over function, such as people-flows of the buildings.

Brutalist architecture descended from the modernist architectural movement of the early 20th century (which could be traced back to the modernist ideas to arise from Bauhaus in the 1930s), and the term originates from the French word for 'raw'.


Examples of brutalist architecture in London include many buildings on South Bank, such as the National Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hayward Gallery, and the iconic Barbican Estate, Ministry of Justice, Camden Town Hall, Kings College, Hyde Park Barracks among others.


The simple colour palette could tie in nicely with this year's expected visual trends within the home, including mixed metals, flooring material Terrazzo popular in the 1970s, and shades of purple. 

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