Auguries of Innocence
To see a world in a grain of sand / And heaven in a wildflower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand / And eternity in an hour.

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When one works at a sandcastle, start by collecting sea water to moisten the sand. He then packs the wet sand into a bucket and flip it over into spectacular and ingenious shapes.

Likewise, based on architects and engineers plans, constructors use gravel and water, replacing the bucket by pouring the concrete into formworks. The result, for me, is a fairy tale world, a world filled of sandcastles raised in the middle of the city.

While walking, I like to raise my eyes to look at these beautiful buildings and bring back my child's mind, to remind myself that all is well, that anything and everything is possible, that the life brings us everything at the exact right time.


Brutalism has its roots in modernism but arose as a movement against the conventional architectural style. Brutalism placed an emphasis on materials, textures and construction as well as functionality and equality. The brutalist architects challenged traditional philosophies of what a building should look like, focusing on interior spaces as much as exterior.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Dr Jonathan Foyle, the chief executive of the World Monuments Fund Britain, provided interesting architectural context for Brutalist buildings: “They are very muscular and everything is perhaps bigger than it needs to be, and for that reason I feel that brutalism is a modern take on gothic architecture… Both were designed from the inside out – the purpose of the building and what happens inside is the important part – the outside is merely the envelope that wraps it up.”

The buildings presented in this photography series are:

  • The Royal National Theatre (1976), on London's South Bank of the Thames, which is a Grade II listed building and one of the most notable examples of Brutalist design in the United Kingdom. Architect: Sir Denys Louis Lasdun.

  • The Royal National Theatre in London, commonly known as the National Theatre, is one of the United Kingdom's three most prominent publicly funded performing arts venues, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House. Internationally, it is known as the National Theatre of Great Britain.

  • Permission to add the "Royal" prefix to the name of the theatre was given in 1988, but the full title is rarely used.

  • The Hayward Gallery (1968), an art gallery within the Southbank Centre in central London and part of an area of major arts venues on the South Bank of the River Thames. Architects: Hubert Bennett & Jack Whittle.

  • The initial concept was designed, with the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, as an addition to the Southbank Centre arts complex by team leader Norman Engleback, assisted by John Attenborough, Ron Herron and Warren Chalk.


  • The Queen Elizabeth Hall (1967) is a music venue on the South Bank in London, that hosts daily classical, jazz, and avant-garde music and dance performances. Architects: Higgs and Hill.

  • The Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH) is part of the Southbank Centre arts complex along with the larger Royal Festival Hall (RFH) and an art gallery, the Hayward Gallery.