Cats of Brutalism describes itself as “Your daily dose of cats and concrete” and when I was pointed to it earlier this year I was delighted to discover a playful mashup of brutalism and cute cat photos. I have a soft spot for brutalist structures and cats, of course, so this was perfect.
The project’s Instagram account seems to have been paused since March, but there are more than 400 images to take in from its previous posts.
Cats of Brutalism juxtaposes brutalist buildings with super-scaled cats as a means of introducing warmth, softness, and whimsy to the often-perceived-as cold, hard, and severe forms of brutalism. The pairing is intentionally absurd, but also fitting—the rough textures, complex forms, and often compartmentalized and/or aggregate massing of brutalism offers the ideal post for scratching, climbing, hiding, and perching, as cats do. As a response to the internet’s obsession with all-things-cats and cat-humor, the account aims to capture the intrigue of a cat-loving public in combination with a common architecture and design audience, toward the ultimate aim of involving the public in conversations about brutalism and the futures of brutalist buildings. At the same time, the account has begun to take on a life of its own, and we’re excited to see where that takes us.Cats of Brutalism