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Respecting Brutalism

The Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room are monuments to 1960s radicalism – a continuing experiment in providing a Place for the Arts at the heart of London’s Southbank. They sit between more architecturally recognised and distinguished neighbours, the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre, yet they bring to the area a broadening of the cultural vision and an ability to recapture the populist Festival spirit that