A journalist recently wrote that “sixties Brutalism is alive and well with Green&Blue’s concrete bee hotels, and planters.”
The brutalist movement flourished in the 1960s-1970s. The term has been used to describe a type of architecture which is ugly and austere and commonly thought of as the back bone of welfare state architecture of the time, however this “truth to materials” approach was anti-aesthetic. Reynar Banham (Architecture critic) dubbed the post war school ‘the New Brutalism’, a movement which aimed, in his words, to “make the whole conception of the building plain and comprehensible. No mystery, no romanticism, no obscurities about function and circulation.”
Our designs endeavour to evoke a sense of simplicity through their functionality, their material longevity and purpose. We hope the juxtaposition between concrete and delicate planting providing sustenance to nurture the next generation of solitary bees will long out last the brutalist movement.
Green&Blue stockist the Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield.