The tour features the highlights of Skopje’s brutalist architecture, a dream world for lovers of cosmic concrete communist-era architecture. The reason is that no other city on Earth has as many examples of brutalist architecture as Skopje.
Brutalist architecture flourished from 1951 to 1975, having descended from the modernist architectural movement of the early 20th century. The term originates from the French word for “raw”, as Le Corbusier described his choice of material béton brut, meaning raw concrete in French. Architects Alison and Peter Smithson introduced the term “Brutalism” to the English-speaking world in the 1950s and it became more widely used after British architectural critic Reyner Banham titled his 1966 book, The New Brutalism, using the term “Brutalism” to identify the style.
In line with the world trend, from the 1960s until the 1980s, in Macedonia there are objects with the recognizable characteristics of Brutalism. Especially the style flourished after the disastrous earthquake in 1963, when 80% of buildings in Skopje were destroyed. In our tour, we included several examples of these objects.
World media about Skopje’ brutalism
The Guardian | Cities » The modernist architecture of Skopje – in pictures – https://goo.gl/3ZyDz6
Blue Crow Media » Modernist Skopje Map – Guide to Modernism & Brutalism in Skopje – https://goo.gl/RuXy7Q
The New York Times » The Cement Mixer as Muse – https://goo.gl/p8k1CU
Yomadic » Communist Architecture of Skopje, Macedonia – A Brutal, Modern, Cosmic, Era https://goo.gl/3vmozQ
Aileen Zeigen, an architect from Venezuela was thrilled with our Cute Brute Skopje tour (29.12.2019)
Itinerary: High School “Josip Broz Tito”, Makedonija Tabak – office building, Skopje Railway Staion, National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, University “St. Cyril and Methodius”, National & University Library “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Telecommunication center, Nikola Karev High School, Skopje City Archive and Student dormitory “Goce Delchev”.