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V&A to display Brutalist flats at museum

From BBC - November 9, 2017

The Victoria & Albert Museum is to display a three-storey section of an east London council estate as an example of Brutalist architecture.

The section, which includes two flats, exterior facades and two interior staircases, has been acquired from Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar.

Designed by renowned British architects Alison and Peter Smithson, the block is due to be demolished and redeveloped.

The V&A has called it a "significant example of the Brutalist movement".

Brutalism, a movement characterised by exposed concrete in geometric patterns, arose in the 1950s.

It is regarded as a reaction to modernism, which consisted of elegant glass and steel structures.

Robin Hood Gardens was built in 1972 by the Greater London Council (GLC) and was later transferred to the local authority of Tower Hamlets.

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