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Brutal side of west London's architecture comes into focus in new book

Brutal London examines examples of Brutalist architecture in the capital and features buildings close to home

Holmefield House in Kensal Road, Ladbroke Grove, which was designed by Greater London Council and built in the late 1960s(Image: Photography (c) Simon Phipps)

Some consider them an eyesore, others will say they are important landmarks of the capital's skyline.

A selection of buildings in Hammersmith , Fulham , Kensington and Chelsea feature prominently in a new book examining Brutalist architecture in the capital.

Not only are they visually striking, but many act as a historical representation of the era in which they were built.

Brutal London is a photographic exploration of the post-war modernist architecture of London by Simon Phipps.

Brutal London cover

Among the structures in his book are Trellick House - perhaps one of the most well known examples of the style of architecture - in Notting Hill , and several others from west London.

Grade II-listed 23 Kensington Place, in Notting Hill, built in 1966-67 and designed by Tom Kay(Image: Photography (c) Simon Phipps)

It also includes well known buildings such as The Barbican and Thamesmead.

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West London is represented by Malabar Court in India Way, White City , Holmefield House in Kensal Road, Ladbroke Grove, World’s End Estate in Chelsea and a Grade II listed property in Kensington Place, Notting Hill.

World’s End Estate in Cremorne Road, Chelsea, built between 1969–77(Image: Photography (c) Simon Phipps)

Brutalist grew in popularity in the post-war modernist and flourished from the 1950s to 1970s.

It is famed for its imposing form, heavy-looking material and unusual shapes and ruggedness.

(Image: Photography (c) Simon Phipps)

The Brutal London blurb reads: “The raw concrete and imposing mass of Brutalist architecture is undeniably part of the fabric of London’s landscape – both visual and social – and part of our urban history.”

The book is available to order from this link .

Malabar Court, India Way, White City, was built in 1966(Image: Photography (c) Simon Phipps)

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