Skyline Chess has created innovative chess and monopoly board games inspired by landmark architecture designs around the world. The brainchild of architects Chris Prosser and Ian Flood, the design brand Skyline Chess has created their latest design, Brutalist London which is dedicated to the theme of traditional brutalist theme of the capital city; which is a mix of rich and controversial.
An architectural movement thrived from the 1950s to the mid-70s, is defined as Brutalism. It underlines an era that highlights the development of Trellick Tower, the Barbican estate, and the National Theatre. Ventilation in Myatts Fields, The Danish Embassy, The Curtain Road car park in Shoreditch, Welbeck Street in the West End, National Theatre, Southbank is some of the most traditional architectural examples of Brutalism from around the London city.
The resin chess set depicts a row of concrete edifices; the Cromwell Tower is placed as the King, whereas Alexandra Road Estate is shown as pawns. The idea behind this innovative chess set is not just to play a game of chess, but also to celebrate the architectural designs from the late twentieth century.
Brutalist London draws attention to the demolishment of major architectural buildings which have been deemed as “ugly” in public polls. The creation also highlights impending threats on the city’s iconic buildings from the Southbank Centre, where the Hayward Gallery was subject to destruction before a multi-million-pound renovation project was approved.
According to reports, the icons presented in the London Brutalist Skyline Chess have been subjected to criticism. However, supporters also believe that Brutalist London represents a significant history of architecture which is worth remembering. Through this project, brutalist buildings are made available in miniature size forms.