Juliaan Lampens was a Belgian architect whose name has become associated with brutalism.
Photo: detail of one of the Lampens facades. Photo by Pirre Pluymers.
Brutalism is architecture which makes ostentative use of (French for raw concrete). béton brut
The aesthetic is the last phase in modernist architecture (before the advent of postmodern architecture) and it was heavily criticized by
Charles, Prince of Wales, author of (1989). A Vision of Britain: A Personal View of Architecture
For lovers of the style, which includes myself, a big part of the attraction is that the imprint of the
wood grain from the formwork of the concrete can be seen on the exterior concrete of brutalist structures.
Juliaan Lampens’s most famous building is the
Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Kapel van Kerselare in Edelare, which I visited in 2014 and 2019.
They also bless new cars there.
I was there exactly one week ago.
She: “Why do they look so scary, so angry?”
I spent last Sunday in Paris. Jumbled notes
I saw the building above but could not identify it.
Update: The building is
U.E.I. Murat – Locaux France Telecom, unknown year, unknown architect.
A cross section of the Broken Column House at the Désert de Retz as recorded in Les jardins anglo-chinois by Georges-Louis Le Rouge, 1785
A cross section of the
Broken Column House
as recorded in
Les jardins anglo-chinois
by Georges-Louis Le Rouge, 1785
Broken Column House (the “colonne brisée”, or ruined column) is an artificial ruin in the French landscape garden Désert de Retz.
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