Just look at the building in the photo above.
It’s the Geisel Library — named after Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel — on the University of California San Diego campus. Built in 1970, the library is among the nation’s better-known examples of Brutalism. And if you think the Geisel library looks like a movie set, so does Vincze Miklos, a blogger on the science and sci-fi friendly site io9. Miklos included the building in an amusing post called “Brutalist Buildings that Should be Dystopian Movie Sets.”
Miklos presents Brutalism from around the world, capturing a mid-century style in which bold forms, lots of concrete and a dose of futurism were combined to create iconic — and sometimes downright ugly — buildings. With Brutalism’s angles, shadows, monumentality and inscrutable facades, many of the buildings look like a miscalulated vision of the future. Cue the “bad guy” synth music, please:
This is the UK’s Trellick Tower in West London:
Ot how about this one: Genex Tower in Belgrade, Serbia:
The io9 post has no Chicago examples, but in the must-read comments section someone offered the triangular Metropolitan Correctional Center downtown. The commenter also added the jail “looks like something that could be out of [Judge Dredd’s] Mega-City One.”
The University of Illinois at Chicago campus might be a worthy candidate. The old Kennedy King College at 69th and Wentworth would have been, too — had it not been demolished a few years ago: