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Follow this Sydney map to find Brutalist architecture all over the city

Rebecca Russo
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Rebecca Russo

Calling all architecture aficionados: there's a new map that charts all the Brutalist architecture all across our fine city.

Brutalism is a style of architecture that flourished from the 1950s to the mid-1970s and it's renowned for its heavy use of grey, textured concrete and its imposing and chunky appearance. (We're looking at you, UTS Tower). It's for this reason that for many years Brutalist architecture was considered quite ugly. (Poor, UTS).  

Sydney Town Hall in black and white
Sydney Town Hall photographed for the Sydney Brutalist Map
Photograph: Supplied

But, as with most things old, Brutalism has since received a resurgence in popularity. Nowadays, Brutalist architecture is heralded for being rugged, unpretentious and dramatic, and Sydney is positively littered with good examples of it. For example the Sirius building in the Rocks; organisation Save Our Sirius is fighting for the heritage building to be spared from demolition.

Brutalist Sydney Map

Photograph: Supplied

The Brutalist Sydney map is a two-sided folding map featuring 50 examples of nominal Brutalist architecture in Sydney’s CBD and suburban areas, from Pennant Hills to Sutherland, Curl Curl and Penrith. Photos of buildings like Sydney Town Hall and Bidura Children’s Court feature alongside an introduction to Brutalism by Glenn Harper from the Instagram account @brutalist_project_sydney.

You can nab one here for around $14.

Did you know some of the best art in Sydney is hiding in plain sight? Have a gander at our guide to the best public art in Sydney.

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