October 8, 2018, BRUTALIST BEAUTIES

BRUTALIST BEAUTIES: HARDAU

Max P. Kollbrunner, Zurich 1978

BRUTALIST BEAUTIES I HARDAU I ©PLAY HUNTER I 2018

The four muscular Hardau towers prove municipal Brutalist housing estates can weather time and trends with true grit. Depending on the weather and season, the bush-hammered concrete slabs change from powdery reddish-ochre to deep burgundy tones, adding drama to the skyline and a hint of mediterranean serenity. Originally, the crosswall-complex was intended for singles and elderly couples, as at the time local authorites regarded high rises unfit for families and children. Since the noughties Hardau has been undergoing major regeneration programmes. A 2007 revamp merged the predominantly 2 1/2-bedroom apartments in the upper areas, creating attractive homes for families, urban professionals and creatives aspiring to high-rise living.

Shot in summer 2018. Available as POSTCARD EDITION

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