Brutal and Beautiful: Saving the 20th Century

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King © James O Davies

If hearing the name Richard Rogers turns you on, or you’re just a recreational admirer of architecture, this new exhibition will be right up your street. Curated by English Heritage – responsible for recommending buildings for listed status – the show aims to celebrate post war buildings, highlight the contribution they make to the story of Britain’s architectural history, and asks the audience to ponder: what is worth saving?

The exhibition directs us to think about divisive structures including the Royal Festival Hall – a controversial example of brutalism, as much loved as it is hated for its bleak, minimal and abrupt style – the Barbican, the Lloyd’s Building, Trellick Tower and Centre Point among others. These buildings are explored through photography and video displays. So whether you like concrete or brick, glass or steel, there will be something in this exhibition for you.

Rod Palmer, 37, is an Aussie ex-pat. He was selected to write this review as part of the Time Out Takeover – a special edition of the magazine written entirely by our readers.

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