grade ii by brutalist

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As a creative I’m rarely inspired by fashion and often look to history, powerful personalities, raw materials  and most importantly architecture to inspire me. I’m very lucky to have inspiring architecture on my door step, Park Hill Flats.

Park Hill is council estate in Sheffield(my home town). Designed by architects Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith, Park Hill’s striking brutalist design is inspired by Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation and the Smithsons’ work.  The project was finished in 1961. The Flats have since become one of Sheffield’s most iconic structures and is a Grade II listed building. However, it’s only since it’s renovation by Urban Splash that it’s really stood out to me. I was invited to an art showing in two of the top floor flats and was more inspired by the renovation than the art I’d come to see!

The flats were a showcase of the rawest materials used to build Park Hill, concrete, wood, metal and plastic. Also, colour combinations that are proving popular in fashion today such as, white with the harsh grey concrete, cobalt blue with pine wood and on the exterior red, yellow and orange with the brutal concrete.

If you look through my wardrobe there’s an obvious Sheffield inspiration from my collection of white shirts and plain grey t-shirts to my many turtle necks and statement coloured coats.

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Listening | Cash In by Solange 

Obsessed | Urban Splash

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