Brutalist concrete architecture from the 1960s and 1970s might not be to everyone’s taste, but for Manchester-based design studio Dorothy, such buildings are the objects of no small amount of affectionas a new series of illustrated prints attests.
The series, released via Dorothy’s online shop today, boasts five images (so far) of subjects including the Forton Services station on the M6 in Lancaster whichthough a favorite landmark of The Beatlesclosed to the public in 1989 and a section of the Spaghetti Junction; also on the M6 motorway near Birmingham and Preston Bus Station which, despite being voted Preston’s favourite building in 2010 and featuring on the World Monument Fund’s “at risk” list, is now set to be demolished.
“The studio shares a love of post-war architecturewe love the kind of buildings that my mum hates,” explains Dorothy’s Ali Johnson of the project, “so we’ve created a series of illustrated nostalgic prints to celebrate theunique, but often forgotten, beauty of some of our favorite brutalist construction projects from the 1960s and early 1970s.Love them or loathe them, there’s something poignant about how these buildings once symbolized a ‘brave new world’ only to be dismissed, derided or demolished by the occupants of future they looked towards.”
Illustrated by Stephen Millership, the 60x80cm lithograph prints on 120gsm uncoated Munken Pure Rough stock are priced at 35 each plus postage and packaging. Find them online at Dorothy’s webshop.
Images courtesy of Dorothy