Brick


A fresh, insightful and surprising look at one of the world’s most versatile and popular architectural building materials


William Hall, with introductory essay by Dan Cruickshank


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About the book
The humble brick has been an architectural staple for centuries – but is rarely celebrated. Brick is a fresh, insightful and surprising look at one of the world’s most familiar and popular building materials. From the strange remains of the Ziggurat of Ur dating from 2100 BC, to the stunning Winery Gantenbein – built by robotic arm in 2006 – Brick shows the extraordinary and inspiring potential of fired earth.

The world’s best architects have explored the qualities of brickwork. Alvar Aalto, Antoni Gaudí, Frank Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, and Jørn Utzon all built with the material, and bricks were integral to Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for an American vernacular in his Prairie Houses. Equally striking and memorable structures by lesser-known newcomers are also shown.

Following the popularity and format of Concrete (William Hall, 2012), Brick is a beautiful and informative visual exploration of a material that is often overlooked, and sometimes considered limiting, but is actually full of spectacular potential.



In The Press
"Brick" is a glorious, surprising and moving account of this, the first building material. It is a record of the depth of imagination that has been invested in clay over millennia and I loved it.
- Edmund de Waal

In striking photographs and lucid text, Brick convincingly demonstrates the material's amazing range and possibility.
- Elle Décor




About the author(s)
William Hall trained at Central Saint Martins in London and began his career in the office of the minimalist architect John Pawson. Hall now runs his own design practice in London, working with clients such as Calvin Klein, the Henry Moore Institute and Tate. William is the author of Concrete, also published by Phaidon Press.

Dan Cruickshank has written extensively about Georgian architecture and has focussed on the crafts of building, including – in particular – brickwork. During the last fifteen years he has travelled extensively making programmes for BBC television including Under Fire; Around the World in 80 Treasures and Adventures in Architecture. During these worldwide travels he documented many of the world’s most ancient and most significant brick structures.


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