As huge fans of the Brutalist architecture scene, we couldn’t of been more excited to hear about Assemble Studio’s project to fill the RIBA gallery with a Brutalist inspired playground made from reconstituted foam – lets just say we wanted to be big kids for the day!
Brutalist architecture was a controversial movement between 1950 to mid 1970’s. The name originates from the French word ‘béton brut’, meaning ‘raw concrete’ – typically Brutalist buildings have a strong character and severe visual style characterised by a dominant concrete structure.
Architectural collective Assemble, who have recently been shortlisted for the 2015 Turner Prize, teamed up with artist Simon Terrill and took inspiration from concrete playgrounds, designed for post-war Brutalist housing estates. Although today the original playgrounds have been demolished or deemed unsuitable for use, the Assemble trio discovered archive photographs in the RIBA’s library that they used to inform the design of their modern-day foam structures.
Obviously with today’s health and safety regulations, a concrete playground is a complete no-go and so pastel coloured, foam objects is what was chosen to represent the Brutalist structures. “It’s a sort of in-joke, that in order for these postwar structures to meet current safety standards, everything has to be squidgy.” said Joe Halligan, Assemble Studio.