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Brute Box

By Theo Morrow

There’s no denying Brutalism’s impact on our city’s architectural design. From L’Enfant Plaza to the Hirshhorn, or even the DC metro – Brutalism is everywhere! Named after the French “béton brut which translates to “raw concrete”, this style’s heavy appearance and blocky geometry have often been seen as cold and austere. “Brute Box” reframes how we view these buildings: using color as a means to accentuate the rich textures and sculptural forms which popularized this modernist style in the 1950s and beyond. Each side of the box is unique and informs pedestrians which Brutalist building(s) they’ll see when continuing in a particular direction. To learn more about the buildings featured in this design, CLICK HERE.

Location: 7th St. SW & Maryland Ave. SW Instagram: @morrowland.studio
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