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Brutalist Beauty

A concrete brute of a car park in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear. Famous as the setting for a key scene of Michael Caine's cult gangster movie Get Carter, this 12-storey monster is approaching his final days. The Trinity Square Shopping Centre which stood at the base of the car park has been pretty much raized to the ground over the past couple of years. Once the rest of the site is clear my understanding is that the machines will move in, reducing the car park to a smouldering pile of dust and twisted metal.


Trinity Square was designed in 1962 when Brutalism was regarded as the cutting edge of architecture. By the time it opened in 1969 interest in the movement had already begun to decline. The building's raw concrete weathered poorly and by the time Get Carter was filmed the following year the car park had already become patchy.


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It was quite difficult to find a spot from which to photograph this structure. Hoardings surround the site and shield the demolition work from prying eyes. I managed to find a small hole in the wooden panelling and grabbed a few shots through that. Some painstaking work in Photoshop needed to remove a rogue lampost from the foreground. This almost ended up on the scrap heap but I'm happy it did not.


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Taken on August 13, 2010