What has become of brutalism? That groundbreaking, unadorned exhibitor of raw materials and construction materials that gave a human dimension to the formal and essential meaning of architecture.
Its monumental impact may have softened in the twenty-first century, but its influence continues to thrive in developments by various architects and studios, demonstrating how relevant it remains: now adapted to a new, more sustainable and serene perspective.
These are unprecedented times of revolution for housing. The reduction in the size of homes is a trend that will endure, and with it, a continuous adaptation to new changing interiors. This is a reinvention that is starting with a shift in everyday activities, as tiny spaces lead to design that makes the most of every habitable square metre.
The need for a place to live and shelter from the elements and the things happening in the world, where we can watch events unfold while feeling completely protected, is one of our most ancient instincts, and one which is rekindled now more than ever. The urge to hide away and submerge ourselves in a new domesticity points to an approach to architecture and interior design that goes back to when humans used caves as dwellings.