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18 February 2009

See a Brutalist marvel

Particularly handy for navigating your way around the Notting Hill Carnival, and for telling when it's time to get your bags ready on a train into Paddington, Trellick Tower was designed by the Brutalist architect Ernő Goldfinger, and completed in 1972.

Brutalism apparently derived its name from the French béton brut, meaning "raw concrete", and the Trellick has this in spades. Your author has always found Brutalism particularly inspiring, and this tower is no different. It is certainly well deserving of the Grade II* listed status, which was awarded in the late 1990s.

The building has 217 flats and is characterised by a long, thin main building, with a separate tower housing a lift and linked at every third floor to main building.

The tower is at 5 Golborne Rd, W10, just up the road from Westbourne Park Tube, and you can read more about it on Wikipedia.

^Picture from Wikipedia under Wikimedia Commons^

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