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MonkeyRonin Feb 26, 2020 8:40 PM

The Great Canadian Brutalism Appreciation Thread
 
How about some love for this under appreciated style? We have some fantastic examples of it across Canada too!

I'll start with what I think is ones of the coolest buildings in the country - the Andrews Building at UofT's Scarborough campus. Designed by John Andrews and Page & Steele Architects, it was completed in 1964:


https://i.imgur.com/UaZhmYM.jpg https://i.imgur.com/PkbZbxT.jpg
https://oaa.on.ca/bloaag-detail/Andr...ding,-UTSC/524

https://i.imgur.com/MYD4mYi.jpg
https://www.pinterest.es/pin/501729214723094801/

https://i.imgur.com/vhES9IQ.png
https://discoverarchives.library.uto...orough-library

https://i.imgur.com/65nGzDE.jpg
https://twitter.com/utsc/status/772124519502721024

https://i.imgur.com/X7XxTP9.jpg
https://www.reddit.com/r/brutalism/c...toronto_photo/

https://i.imgur.com/eP0YnfD.jpg
https://tnq.ca/why-i-value-the-humanities-wing/

https://i.imgur.com/uITkdwd.jpg https://i.imgur.com/q2hZyw9.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/RWVZTJu.jpg
https://andresalvador.smugmug.com/AR...ARIO/i-p5ftFZT

OldDartmouthMark Feb 26, 2020 8:49 PM

Your post reminds me of a blog I like to read from time to time. The writer seems to be a fan of brutalist/modernist architecture.

Here's a link:

https://halifaxbloggers.ca/noticedinnovascotia/

The blog as a search function where you could enter "brutalist", "concrete", etc. if you want to find those posts specifically.

MonkeyRonin Feb 26, 2020 8:56 PM

Ontario Science Centre. Completed in 1969, designed by Raymond Moriyama:


https://i.imgur.com/UbBAzEp.jpg
https://robertmoffatt115.wordpress.c...or-technology/

https://i.imgur.com/8TCKZOp.jpg
https://robertmoffatt115.wordpress.c...or-technology/

https://i.imgur.com/8ayKEIF.jpg https://i.imgur.com/7A9eCmY.jpg
https://www.azuremagazine.com/articl...mond-moriyama/

https://i.imgur.com/YgK3t1q.jpg
https://twitter.com/moriyamateshima/...68961627787264

https://i.imgur.com/KnO8j3k.jpg
https://mtarch.com/projects/ontario-science-centre/

https://i.imgur.com/70X0z33.jpg https://i.imgur.com/83esr2c.jpg
https://mtarch.com/projects/ontario-science-centre/

https://i.imgur.com/OyUdCHk.jpg
https://mtarch.com/projects/ontario-science-centre/

Pavlov Feb 26, 2020 9:12 PM

Great idea for a thread.

MonkeyRonin Feb 26, 2020 9:16 PM

Arthur Erickson's University of Lethbridge, opened in 1967:


https://i.imgur.com/yPFOhVX.png
https://www.arthurerickson.com/educa...rsity/7/thumbs

https://i.imgur.com/IGTNZJJ.png
https://www.arthurerickson.com/educa...rsity/7/thumbs

https://i.imgur.com/cBKLIfg.png https://www.architectural-review.com...LUMN_1_635.jpg
https://www.architectural-review.com...658049.article

https://i.imgur.com/KnFiwuc.jpg
https://images.app.goo.gl/42j36i6GmvhoXCqb6

https://i.imgur.com/hAmHm2e.jpg
https://www.uleth.ca/giving

misher Feb 26, 2020 9:21 PM

Simon Fraser University (1965) another Arthur Erikson design.

https://99bitcoins.com/wp-content/up...tion-large.jpg
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pr...Pi-Jn4dPEksYWE
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DXETRJQW0AUGJo1.jpg
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...8/Sfu_1967.jpg
https://the-peak.ca/wp-content/uploa...9/RCB-Hall.jpg

jigglysquishy Feb 26, 2020 9:26 PM

I've yet to see a brutalist building anywhere in the world that is not depressing and ugly.

misher Feb 26, 2020 9:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jigglysquishy (Post 8843443)
I've yet to see a brutalist building anywhere in the world that is not depressing and ugly.

Quote:

49. In a recent Forbes interview, Hollywood director Steward Hendler, whose upcoming film Halo was partly shot at SFU, described the campus as having “incredible, brutal concrete architecture. It actually has the highest suicide rate of any campus in Canada because it is so bleak, but that worked in our favour because it really feels like something from outer space.” In fact, the alleged high suicide rate is an urban legend that has been around — and been proven false — since the early 1980s.
https://theprovince.com/news/local-n...ser-university

MonkeyRonin Feb 26, 2020 9:35 PM

:previous: I was gonna post that one next, another great one!


https://i.imgur.com/bcpFj7x.png
https://www.arthurerickson.com/educa...ity/13/caption

https://i.imgur.com/MrPAvmV.png
https://www.arthurerickson.com/educa...ity/13/caption

https://i.imgur.com/C8KB9OR.png https://i.pinimg.com/originals/8c/db...3d57623111.jpg
https://www.arthurerickson.com/educa...ity/13/caption

https://www.sfu.ca/content/sfu/engin...7409912773.jpg
http://www.sfu.ca/engineering/Contact_us.html

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/82/39...3d1a155086.jpg
https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/489836896973160766/

https://live.staticflickr.com/3651/3...923c604e_b.jpg
https://www.flickr.com/photos/31202477@N02/8477553947/

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1690/...91ca5f0b_c.jpg
http://modernistarchitecture.blogspo...eat-white.html

FrankieFlowerpot Feb 26, 2020 9:49 PM

Robarts Library (aka the Turkey) - UofT

https://i.imgur.com/WA5EtDh.png

milomilo Feb 26, 2020 9:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MonkeyRonin (Post 8843433)
Arthur Erickson's University of Lethbridge, opened in 1967:

Exactly what I was going to post. A lot of Brutalism is ugly, but one is awesome, looks like it is out a sci fi movie. It seems more rare today to build something that is so starkly contradsts with the natural landscape, now we view every inch of earth as sacrosanct.

Chadillaccc Feb 26, 2020 9:56 PM

Love this thread. Does anyone know the building they use for the stand in of the Mars Congressional Republic Embassy on Earth in The Expanse? The scenes in the UN capital (New York) are mostly filmed in Toronto, so I figured it's there somewhere.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/26/e6...0a3ba5d9c0.png




Edit: Omg :haha: It's the first post on this page! U of T Scarborough! Wild.

FrankieFlowerpot Feb 26, 2020 9:59 PM

It's the first building in the OP

Chadillaccc Feb 26, 2020 10:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FrankieFlowerpot (Post 8843477)
It's the first building in the OP

Yeah haha I had already edited the bottom of my post before you mentioned that :P I felt dumb. To be fair though, it doesn't show an entrance shot like the one I posted.



The former Calgary Board of Education building. It has so much potential to be an awesome institutional building downtown, but it's been sitting idle for around a decade now.

https://cdn.skyrisecities.com/sites/...6113-91156.png
https://calgary.skyrisecities.com/ne...-citys-history


It reminds me a little of the south side of Vancouver's Robson Square, the part attached to the BC Courthouse. It has soooo much potential, but it's just rotting. Thankfully they restored the 'Family of Man' sculptures a couple years ago though.

https://www.westonlangford.com/media/photos/401313.jpg
https://www.westonlangford.com/images/photo/401313/


https://live.staticflickr.com/8314/8...5cd1bb63_b.jpg
https://www.flickr.com/photos/volvob12b/8068145941

Gresto Feb 26, 2020 10:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pavlov (Post 8843430)
Great idea for a thread.

:tup: I have a lot of affection for brutalism, though I can understand why many find it an aesthetic of frigidity, impersonalness, and despair.

rousseau Feb 26, 2020 10:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MonkeyRonin (Post 8843376)
How about some love for this under appreciated style?

None from me. It's an interesting curiosity, but it is always deleterious in an urban context.

I challenge anyone to post a photo of a brutalist building in a city that isn't ugly in and of itself and/or makes its surroundings worse.

FrankieFlowerpot Feb 26, 2020 10:45 PM

222 Jarvis Street

https://i.imgur.com/IMU25hs.jpg

Djeffery Feb 26, 2020 11:12 PM

Courthouse, London Ontario.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d4/46...b526f5dad7.jpg

Djeffery Feb 26, 2020 11:15 PM

Weldon Library, Western University, London.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped..._Ontario_1.jpg

WarrenC12 Feb 26, 2020 11:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jigglysquishy (Post 8843443)
I've yet to see a brutalist building anywhere in the world that is not depressing and ugly.

SFU is extra depressing due to the weather in Vancouver. It's cloudy for 6 months, rainy for most of that. SFU is high enough that it gets more fog from low hanging clouds.

It used to be very isolating up there for people who lived on campus, since there were no "stores" for groceries, etc. You had to drive down the mountain, or take the bus. Pretty isolating for people moving from somewhere else.

The environment is better now with more private development and a bit of a community forming.


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