Concrete is the single book that will change your mind if you think it a cold, dull material of minimal interest. Beautiful, evocative and perceptive, the engaging text is paired with stunning photographs of a century of projects from some of the world's leading architects. From Phaidon, a favourite architectural publisher, which continues to deliver great books by excellent authors with high production values: this one edited by William Hall, himself an esteemed architect, and with an essay by Leonard Koren.
Concrete 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.
- 290 mm x 250 mm
- 175 illustrations
Meet William Hall Trained at top architectural school Central Saint Martins in London, William Hall began his career in the office of renowned minimalist architect John Pawson. Hall now runs his own design practice in London, working with clients such as Calvin Klein, MoMA and Tate. Hall is the author of Concrete (Phaidon, 2012), Brick (Phaidon, 2015), Wood (Phaidon, 2017) and Stone (Phaidon, 2019), all also available on artshop.
Meet Leonard Koren 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 lives in San Francisco and consults on the subject of design, aesthetics, and communications.