What Is Brutalist Design? Here’s the Scoop on This Raw, Minimal Design Theme

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Brutalist design shows up in the home in the form of exposed brick, poured concrete floors, sharp angles, and a color palette that skews neutral and gray.


The words “Brutalist design” may not conjure up examples of architecture as easily as, say, “midcentury modern” or “Spanish Mission.” But you’re probably familiar with more Brutalist works than you think.

In fact, iconic Brutalist structures are rather unforgettable, including the Met Breuer museum in New York City and Boston’s City Hall. These mammoth concrete buildings look almost scary, yet  they represent a raw plainness and honesty in design that has been popular for decades.

Elements of Brutalist design also show up in the home in the form of

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White House Rose Garden Getting Face-Lift | Voice of America

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WASHINGTON – One of the most famous gardens in America is getting a face-lift.  

Melania Trump on Monday announced details of a plan already under way to spruce up the White House Rose Garden, an iconic outdoor space famous for its proximity to the Oval Office. 

The current garden design has been around since the Kennedy years, but the first lady  says a “comprehensive renovation” is needed after decades of use for weddings, state dinners and countless presidential news conferences, statements and Thanksgiving turkey pardons. 

She used the Rose Garden to announce her “Be Best” youth program in May 2018. 

Mrs. Trump said the redesign will increase the garden’s “beauty and functionality” and blend the past with the present in “complete harmony.” 

FILE – First lady Melania Trump speaks during an Indian Health Service Task Force briefing at the White House in Washington, July 23, 2020.

“Protecting the historic integrity

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