Heavy and angular, Brutalist buildings can be constructed quickly and economically. Common features include:
- Precast concrete slabs
- Rough, unfinished surfaces
- Exposed steel beams
- Massive, sculptural shapes
The Prizker Prize-winning architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha is often called a "Brazilian Brutalist" because his buildings are constructed of prefabricated and mass-produced concrete components. Shown here is his home in São Paulo, Brazil.
The Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer turned to Brutalism when he designed the Whitney Museum in New York City and the Atlanta, Georgia Central Library.