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Building Materials Collection


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


Editions:

Price: USD$199.80 USD$129.85

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.

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.

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.

Stone: a fascinating, fresh and insightful global tour of the world's oldest and most beautiful building material. Featuring more than 170 structures, from prehistory through to today, the book includes an incredible range of buildings: awe-inspiring Neolithic monuments and the epic Pyramids of Giza feature alongside the work of twentieth-century icons, from Mies van der Rohe's seminal Barcelona Pavilion to Marcel Breuer's daring Met building in New York.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback (4 volumes)
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 912 pp
Illustrations: 704 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714879550

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. Stone:

William Hall trained at Central Saint Martins 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.

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

Concrete:

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

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


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