Perhaps the most tangible is La Tourette (AR June 1961), Corb's vision of French Dominican monastic life as a beton brut
megastructure triumphantly grafted on to a hillside.
Imprints of bamboo planks may prompt memories of beton brut
, yet can also be interpreted as the fossil remains of bamboo groves.
At key points, such as the entrance hall, the interior's beton brut
severity is softened and warmed by planes of iroko timber.
Facing on to the square is a blank wall of beton brut
and wood with, between the centre and the chapel, a welcoming but mysterious and cavernous entrance.
Internally, a transition from stained concrete and rough stone to the brick vaulting is denoted by beton brut
panels; underfoot, you tread on a surface composed half of fluted concrete, and half of metal grilles which cover the waters of the stream.
A triangular glass sail hovers over it, drawing you on into a beton brut
drum, open to the sky.
The sloping wall is made of beton brut
, like the rest of the building.
The coarse texture of beton brut
is counterpoised to the silky surface of aluminium kitchen fittings and gleaming expanse of woodblock floor.
The L is fundamentally defined by a beton brut
retaining wall which defines the human domain against that of nature.
Just east of the beton brut
grandeur of the National Theatre and the execrable King's Reach Tower lies the Oxo building, preserved like an archaeological specimen as the sole reminder of the area's past life.
For instance, the traditional way of making a concrete building is to create a timber one, pour the concrete and then throw the timber one away - of course, modern reusable shuttering generally avoids this problem, but beton brut
is scarcely regarded as the precious material that it should be, and the horrendous destruction of the forests of Queensland and some other areas of the south-west Pacific is at least in part due to the huge demand for shuttering in Japan.
Instead of facades we have a three dimensional architecture, with layers stretching out like molten lava as Lasdun learnt the joys of beton brut
from late Le Corbusier and the magic of the bold horizontal from Frank Lloyd Wright.