“It’s not often you can use the word brutal to describe how a building looks and have it be considered a good thing. But that’s precisely how to assess the Broward County Main Library, the work of an internationally acclaimed team steeped in the Brutalist style of architecture. Brutalism, a form of modernism, is typically austere, with walls of rough, unadorned precast concrete and an emphasis on function, with results that can appear plain or crude. The downtown library’s architects improvised a “soft” brutalism, covering the exterior concrete with Florida keystone and creating a “glass curtain” on the library’s north side that blurs where the indoors stops and the outdoors begins.” (via Sun Sentinel)
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