Brutalist London : Southwyck House Brixton

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Brutalist London : Southwyck House Brixton

A neo Brutalist Icon of Brixton, London.

Having moved to Brixton recently, I was inclided to illustrate the local landmarks. And the 'Barrier Block' fit really well in the Brutalist Series.

Southwyck House, SW9 is known locally as the Barrier Block and presents a daunting edifice on Coldharbour Lane. 

The block's layered construction towers over the street outside, with the horseshoe-shaped structure giving the appearance of a medieval fortress. The windows are uncomfortable tiny, giving a feeling of claustrophobia from the outside. It's harsh, neobrutalist-inspired architecture and concrete lines zig zagging through the length of the building, curling around the estate are a striking visual.

The Barrier Block was designed to protect the Somerleyton Estate from the inevitable pollution and traffic noise, which explains its tiny windows and unusual 'zig-zag' design - this was intended to 'bounce' the sound back to the ground.

Surprisingly once you enter the estate, the flats themselves look well laid out with large balconies, a stark contrast to it's prison like exterior and pigeon hole windows. After illustrating the more popular Barbican and Trellick towers, I wanted to take a building that is not so common but yet so unique in it's structure and design.

 

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Fine art Giclee Prints on Xpression smooth 300gsm thick paper available. (I love this, as the archival inks enhance the colours, on light texture) Reminds me a bit of the texture of concrete. (see last pic for giclee ref)

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Good to know:

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