Brutalist Architecture in South Florida

Brutalist architecture emerged as an architecture style during the 1950s in Great Britain, among the reconstruction projects of the post-war era. Brutalist buildings are characterized by minimalist constructions that showcase the bare building materials and structural elements over decorative design. The style commonly makes use of exposed concrete or brick, angular geometric shapes, and a predominantly monochrome color palette; other materials such as steel, timber and glass are also featured.

In South Florida’s rich and diverse architecture scene, brutalist buildings come in different styles. Florida Insider recently shared a list of brutalist buildings throughout Florida, but we wanted to focus on the buildings in our own backyard. From garages to schools, below are some examples of the architecture style in South Florida.

1111 Lincoln Road Garage in Miami Beach 

University of Miami School of Architecture in Coral Gables

Broward County Main Library in Fort Lauderdale

Miami Dade North Campus in Miami 

The Boca Raton Corporate Center and Campus in Boca Raton