A visual exploration of the world’s best concrete architecture through 175structures, from ancient Rome to the present day. Featuring familiar buildings by Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright alongsidework from the leading lights of contemporary architecture including Zaha Hadidand Herzog & de Meuron. Includes innovative and inspirational projects from monuments and churches tostations and cultural spaces. Each project features a carefully selected photograph accompanied by anengaging extended caption. With an evocative and perceptive essay by Leonard Koren, written from theauthor’s perspective of studying architecture in California, and living in Tokyo. A fresh look at this diverse material, Concrete explores the beauty and versatility ofconcrete and presents architecture to a wider audience.
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.
"a fresh 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 "Yes, concrete can be cold and imposing - but as the 175 structures in [Concrete] attest, it can also be colorful, playful, and delicate." The Wall Street Journal "The book is a vivid reminder of the sheer endurance, unexpected delicacy, and humor of architecture's humble hero." Architectural Digest