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Brutalist buildings are characterised by minimalist constructions that showcase the bare building materials and structural elements over decorative design. The style commonly makes use of exposed, unpainted concrete or brick, angular geometric shapes and a predominantly monochrome colour palette; other materials, such as steel, timber, and glass, are also featured.

Excerpted from:

Wikipedia contributors, "Brutalist architecture," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia 

(accessed July 2, 2021).


Two well known examples of this style can be found in Toronto:











To learn more:

Blumenson, John. Ontario Architecture: A Guide to Styles and Building 1784 to the Present. Markham, Ont.: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1990.


“Robarts Library.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 26 Jan. 2021,

Wladyslaw. “ The CN Tower and the Toronto Harbour Viewed from the Toronto City Centre Airport.” Wikipedia, 10 Sept. 2008,

Maple Community Center Elevation JPG_edi

Maple Community Centre
(10190 Keele St)

7900 Keele Street, Brutalism (perspective view).jpg
7900 Keele Street, Brutalism.jpg

(7900 Keele St)

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