With their exposed concrete surfaces, the Sirius Apartments are a good example of brutalist architecture. Reminiscent of a child's stacked toy blocks, the top few floors of the building can be seen driving along the southern approach to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. (At the left, in the background of this photograph, the very tips of the sails of the Sydney Opera House are also visible.)
Brutalism was a style that flourished from the 1950s to the mid-1970s, evolving from the modernist architectural movement. The term is derived from the French béton brut, or 'raw concrete'.
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