phaidon press | wood design book
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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.
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.
Hardback | 224 pages | 180 illustrations
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.
Item code: phb-97807148734
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