Architecture. a style of modernist architecture, originating in the 1950s, characterized by exposed structural materials and plain, massive, often steeply angular geometric forms, typically of unfinished concrete.
a style in art, furniture, jewelry, etc., influenced by this architecture and often characterized by outsized elements or the use of unfinished or roughly textured materials.
- bru·tal·ist, noun, adjective
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How to use brutalism in a sentence
Its chairman, Justin Shubow, has railed repeatedly and absurdly against brutalism, the style in which Bunshaft designed the Hirshhorn and its garden.How a rock wall and pool of water have thrown a wrench into the redesign of Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden | Philip Kennicott | April 16, 2021 | Washington Post
brutalism avant-la-lettre, and as usual, I love all that concrete.
High and long sustained, the sublime anthem rolled above the battle and its brutalism.The Prince of India, Volume II | Lew. Wallace
It is enough to say of this old heathen dream, that there never was such a state of savage brutalism known since man was man.
Its bald brutalism flourishes freely only when covered and disguised.Ethics | John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
British Dictionary definitions for brutalism
an austere style of architecture characterized by emphasis on such structural materials as undressed concrete and unconcealed service pipes: Also called: new brutalism
- brutalist, noun, adjective
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