This gallery started life as a concrete cube, repainted with details each time a new exhibition was held inside. It’s a cool concept, and a perfect distillation of the genuinely groundbreaking modernism found in Milton Keynes. It’s now outgrown this space, and instead the gallery and theatre are both clad in a shiny, reflective metal grid. Stick around to watch a film or take a free exhibition tour.
When you think of modern buildings in Britain, what do you imagine? Unimaginative shopping centres, or Brutalist blocks of flats? Modernist architecture is one hell of a broad school, stunning and imposing in equal measure – not always good, but not always bad, either. Often, if buildings are doing their job, they’re not always obvious or notable. We just live among them.
Owen Hatherley’s new tome, Modern Buildings in Britain, is the ultimate guide to the art galleries, housing estates, civic halls, cathedrals and factories that make up our towns. It’s seriously definitive, running to over 600 pages. Hatherley guides the reader through the country, including abandoned underpasses and Cambridge faculties that you can visit ‘without some wanker demanding your credentials for being there’.
Best of all, a load of these beautiful, brutal, ingenious sites are open to the public. We’ve collected 14 of the best here, but there are far, far more in the book.
RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in the UK