Bruut: Atlas van het Brutalisme in Nederland
Arjan den Boer, Bart van Hoek, Martijn Haan, Martjan Kuit, Teun Meurs
W Books, 2023
Bruut is a sturdy book for and by enthusiasts of photography, modern architecture and especially raw concrete. The hundred most ‘brutal’ buildings in the Netherlands form the main part, supplemented with portraits of the most important architects and themes such as universities, government buildings, churches and shopping centres. Brutalism is a celebrated and maligned movement in post-war architecture. Bruut is made by five enthusiasts who found each other through social media.
Brutalism is a celebrated and maligned movement in post-war architecture. The structures of bare concrete are sculptural and imposing according to some, clumsy and intimidating according to others. They evoke associations with ‘Eastern Bloc architecture’, but also with the glamor of the sixties. Well-known Dutch examples are the TU Delft Aula, the town hall of Terneuzen and the Evoluon in Eindhoven. IN DUTCH!