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Building Materials Collection


Take a fresh look at the way in which three humble building materials, wood, brick and concrete, have been used to create amazing buildings.


Editions:

Price: USD$150.00 USD$90.00

THIS COLLECTION INCLUDES:

Brick: 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.

Concrete: the volume takes a fresh look at the world's most versatile and abundant building material. Collating fascinating and beautiful concrete buildings by some of the most celebrated architects of the last century, it features familiar projects from Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright alongside work from some of the leading lights of contemporary architecture including Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, and many lesser-known newcomers.

Arranged to promote comparison and discussion, the selected projects take the reader on a global tour of inspiring and intriguing structures: a German skatepark sits beside an Italian rooftop test track, a Japanese crematorium alongside a Portuguese swimming pool and a Brazilian government building next to a Chinese opera house.

Illustrated with extraordinary photographs, each project includes an extended caption providing a commentary on the building. An essay by Leonard Koren, author of the best-selling Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, offers an evocative and perceptive view of concrete through the author’s experience of studying architecture in California and living in Tokyo.

Wood: with 170 structures from the last 1,000 years, Wood features projects from some of the world's most celebrated architects. Renzo Piano's otherworldly New Caledonian Cultural Centre is found alongside projects from Tadao Ando and Peter Zumthor. Even the work of Le Corbusier, an architect best known for his work in concrete, is shown - his humble Mediterranean log cabin, Le Cabanon, was his last home.

Arranged to promote comparison and discussion, the selected projects take the reader on a global tour of inspiring and intriguing structures: a Vietnamese village hall sits beside a state-of-the-art Belgian laboratory, an Italian anatomical theatre alongside a luxurious Canadian sauna and an onion-domed Russian church next to a fortified Japanese castle.

Illustrated with extraordinary photographs, each project includes an extended caption providing an insightful commentary on the building.

An essay by the bestselling author and naturalist Richard Mabey explores the close relationship between trees and architecture.Wood is a beautiful and informative visual exploration of a natural material that harbours an extraordinary range of expression and potential and has inspired architects for generations.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback (3 volumes)
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 688 pp
Illustrations: 529 illustrations
ISBN: COLLECT100064C

Brick:

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.

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.

Concrete: William Hall trained at Central Saint Martins and began his career in the office of the minimalist architect John Pawson. Formerly a Design Director at Phaidon Press, Hall now runs his own design practice in London, working with clients such as Calvin Klein, Henry Moore Institute and Tate.

Leonard Koren has written and designed a number of books including Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers. In 1976, two years after studying architecture at UCLA, he founded WET, one of the premier avant-garde publications of the 1970s. He now consults on the subject of design, aesthetics, and communications. He lives in San Francisco.

Wood: William Hall trained at Central Saint Martins and began his career in the office of the minimalist architect John Pawson. He now runs his own design practice in London, working with clients such as Calvin Klein, MoMA and Tate.

Richard Mabey is a writer, broadcaster and naturalist and the author of some forty books, including the Whitbread Award winning biography, Gilbert White (1986), and Beechcombings: the Narratives of Trees (2007). For twenty years he was the custodian of an ancient wood in the Chilterns, South East England. Mabey currently lives in a sixteenth-century half-timbered farmhouse in Norfolk. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a visiting fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

On Brick:

"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

"Phaidon's recently released book Brick sees the oldest man--made building material with fresh eyes. Brilliant photography is accompanied by concise captions noting the design direction, date of construction and architect or designer involved, allowing the reader to closely study each image."—Selectism

"In striking photographs and lucid text, Brick convincingly demonstrates the material's amazing range and possibility."—Elle Decor

"In Brick, a handsome new volume by William Hall, the seemingly endless possibilities for the materiala s formal expression are given a thorough and visually stunning survey."—Pin Up Magazine

"Sumptuous and intelligent."—Metropolis Magazine

"A captivating chronicle of bricks in all their brilliance."—House & Garden

"A store of knowledge for problem solving, construction and the concerns of urban planning."—C-File Online

"To what curvaceous service has the banal rectangular solid been put... A hat-tip to the picture researchers: variety in bonding, mortar and colour, from Tudor chimneys to Burmese stupas, makes this well above par for the course."—World of Interiors

"A rather beautiful tour around the strangest and most magnificent structures built from the humblest of materials. The book was described by Edmund de Waal as 'a record of the depth of imagination that has been invested in clay over millennia'."—Crafts

On Concrete:

"Concrete is a beautifully designed book. It is also a thought-provoking exploration of an important subject."—John Pawson

"What a surprising and beautiful book – a parade of amazing buildings."—Peter York

"Yes, concrete can be cold and imposing - but as the 175 structures in the book attest, it can also be colorful, playful, and delicate."—Wall Street Journal

"The eye candy here, from the graceful to the brash is enough to open the mind of any skeptic."—Atlantic Cities

"Afresh look at [...] the world's most versatile and abundant building material... Urges us to reconsider its merits and its contribution to architecture... A global tour of inspiring and intriguing structures."—Self Build & Design

"Concrete has acquired a reputation as a cheap and bland building material. This book sets the record straight, putting forward 100 years worth of elegant, exciting and at times poetic architectural masterpieces."—David Nicholls, Daily Telegraph

"Superbly illustrated... Many of the world's best architectural photographers who have caught the play of light and shade, the elemental shapes, the smooth or artfully roughened surfaces to suggest an architecture of pristine, lasting beauty."—Marcus Binney, The Times

"The sweeping survey of buildings featured in Concrete illustrates the material's chameleonlike versatility, from the Pantheon's coffered dome to Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye."—ELLE Decor

"The book is a vivid reminder of the sheer endurance, unexpected delicacy, and humor of architecture's humble hero."—Architectural Digest

On Wood:

"Visually stunning celebration of one of the world's best timber architecture, showcasing a spectacular selection of wooden structures from the last 1,000 years."—CreativeBoom.com

"Extraordinary wooden buildings from the last 1,000 years."—The Daily Telegraph

"Innovative architects all over the world are taking advantage of the new possibilities of wood... Wood showcases some of the world's most beautiful and ambitious wooden architecture."—Christie's

"Takes the reader on a tour of some the globe's most fascinating structures... Will work wonders for armchair aesthetes who appreciate a good view."—Rake's Progress

"In addition to gorgeous photography (this is a Phaidon book, after all) you get insightful commentary about each of the structures and an essay by Richard Mabey that explores the relationship between wood and architecture. This hardcover tome... will make a great addition to your coffee table book collection."—Cool Material

"[A]n original look at one of the most versatile and storied building materials on earth."—Uncrate

"Takes you on a visual tour of timber architecture... with 174 stunning images."—Werd

"A visceral and sensual delight, with the most exquisite photography of the most interesting and beautiful timber buildings from all eras."—Piers Taylor, Architect and presenter of the BBC series 'The World's Most Extraordinary Homes'

"...Pays homage to this natural wonder's enduring appeal."—Architectural Digest Online

"A beautiful new coffee table book features 170 dramatic examples of great wooden architecture."—GQ Online

"A fresh look at the world's most versatile building material."—I

"Hall [...] bridges the past, present and future with this catalogue of masterpieces... An exceptional bonus is the essay by highly acclaimed writer and naturalist Richard Mabey, which brings depth, historical detail and philosophical insight to the relationship between buildings and trees. Tapping the imagination and the spirit of ingenuity, this compelling new volume is a must-have for architects, urban planners and designers."—Identity (Dubai)

"Excellent."—Esquire

"Fascinating."—Homes & Gardens

"Spectacularly documented... Wood presents buildings of unexpected versatility and variety."—ELLE Decor

"Will have you looking at wood in a new light."—Singapore Tatler Homes

"A love letter to wood... ranging from a state-of-the-art Belgian laboratory to a Vietnamese village hall" —The Observer Magazine

"Hall takes his readers on an expressive journey showcasing the 170 finest wooden marvels in the last 1000 years and explores the intimate relationship between timber and architecture."—DesignBoom.com

"A fitting celebration of one of our most ancient and readily available resources... All carefully arranged to encourage comparison and prompt discussion."—Self Build & Design

"As one flips through the pages of Wood [...] one would be mesmerized... Be inspired."—Fixtures Magazine

"Even the cover of this stunning, coffee table book has the texture of wood... A personal and wonderfully illustrated collection of images of buildings and structures from all over the world, with just one thing in common... This is the kind of book that the carpenter will love, the architect will peruse and the general reader will be inspired by... A wonderful and thoughtful present for anyone who appreciates, art, craft, environment, architecture and interiors."—Irish Examiner

"A showcase of wooden structures from the last 1,000 years that highlight the beauty and versatility of the material."—New Design

"Fascinating... Visually rich... Each project is beautifully illustrated and accompanied by an engaging and informative extended caption."—LAD (Leading Architecture & Design)

"Awe-inspiring."—ShortList

"A beautifully-illustrated, breathtaking, thought-provoking love letter to one of the most enduring construction materials... Highly browsable, infinitely inspirational."—TheNbs.com

On Brick:

"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

"Phaidon's recently released book Brick sees the oldest man--made building material with fresh eyes. Brilliant photography is accompanied by concise captions noting the design direction, date of construction and architect or designer involved, allowing the reader to closely study each image."—Selectism

Concrete:

"Concrete is a beautifully designed book. It is also a thought-provoking exploration of an important subject."—John Pawson

"What a surprising and beautiful book – a parade of amazing buildings."—Peter York

On Wood:

"Visually stunning celebration of one of the world's best timber architecture, showcasing a spectacular selection of wooden structures from the last 1,000 years."—CreativeBoom.com

"Extraordinary wooden buildings from the last 1,000 years."—The Daily Telegraph

"Innovative architects all over the world are taking advantage of the new possibilities of wood... Wood showcases some of the world's most beautiful and ambitious wooden architecture."—Christie's

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