Monday, May 23, 2016

Traces of the old Brutalism in our market

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Beer Sheva's municipal market has been "modernized" in recent decades.
But at one edge, in the oldest part of the shuk, you can still find traces of the old standard, Brutalism.
The arches in the photo have the dark, fortress-like feeling of Brutalist architecture.


As we saw in an earlier post explaining this style,  the term Brutalism comes from the French b├ęton brut, or "raw concrete," a phrase used by Le Corbusier to describe the poured board-marked concrete with which he constructed many of his post-World War II buildings.


The newer parts of the shuk are covered with a different material,  which give more light and a lighter feeling.
Just as Tel Aviv's "White City" has become world-famous for its old Bauhaus houses, so Beer Sheva in the desert now wants to be famous for its many (too many!) old and new examples of Brutalism.
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See more about Brutalist buildings in Beer Sheva and also in Zichron Yaacov in my earlier posts.
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3 comments:

Alice said...

I like the look of the old market Dina

Alice said...

I would love to walk through the market and buy fresh products.

William Kendall said...

They do have a bit of an oppressive feel to them.