Needless to hide: brutalist architecture owes its name not only to the minimalism that distinguishes its forms, to the austerity of its no-frills architectural style. There is something incredibly terrible in the aspect that the brutalist concrete buildings show, a sense of terrible that can even be traced back to the Michelangiolesque one. In the case of socialist architecture, as we have seen it several times on the pages of our blog, this feeling is always present.
The buildings are presented as architectural forms of a centralized power that has the aspiration to provide everyone with a house, without thinking too much about the appearance of the latter. The Richter’s Skyscrapers, also called Rocket Buildings, in Zagreb are no different from many other brutalist buildings from the socialist past of Eastern Europe, but have peculiar characteristics that demonstrate how concrete was incredibly efficient in carrying out the task that power assigned to it: to be an efficient, fast and economic solution.