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UK's Brutalist Icons Get Revamped as Colorful Vintage Ads

Illustrator Stephen Millership has long culled inspiration from the "flat colours, simple shapes and sharp lines" of the Golden Age of travel posters, producing high-chroma adulations of buildings that didn't even exist in the 1930s and '40s. Perhaps his most interesting profiles are those in his Concrete Hugger series, which gives UK's Brutalist buildings the pre-war advert treatment. It's a joy to see such loving portraits of the utilitarian concrete structures oft reviled by the hoi polloi. An example: London's Brunel University, an architectural collage of cantilevered concrete, a building that looks like a small herd of AT-ATs from Star Wars. Millership gives it glamour, which, frankly, is no small feat.

↑ Designed in the '70s by John Madin, the Birmingham Central Library is due for demolition later this year (*tear*). It was considered a keystone for British Brutalism, what with its monolithic scale, unabashed use of raw concrete, and uncompromising angles.

↑ Despite demolition threats, the Preston Bus Station in Lancashire, England, has survived, even nabbing a Grade II listed building status along the way. It was built in 1968 and 1969 by Ove Arup and Partners.

Want to buy a print? Head this way. More of Millership's oeuvre can be found at his official site.

· Concrete Huggers by Stephen Millership [Dorothy via Londonist]
· Stephen Millership's Illustrations [official site]