Brick is a fresh, insightful and surprising look at one of the worlds most familiar and popular building materials. From the strange remains of the Ziggurat of Ur dating from 2100 BC, to formidable mills of the industrial revolution, the humble brick has been an architectural staple for centuries.
The worlds best architects have explored the qualities of brickwork. Alvar Aalto, Antoni Gaudi, JÃ¸rn Utzon, Frank Gehry, and Mies van der Rohe all built with the material, and bricks were integral to Frank Lloyd Wright's vision for an American vernacular in his Prairie Houses.
Lesser known newcomers have created some equally striking and memorable structures, from the stunning Winery Gantenbein built by robotic arm to the audacious Kantana Institute, an unprecedented vision in a Thai rainforest.
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.
By William Hall
Phaidon Press, 2015
Hardcover, 240 pages
10.2 x 1.2 x 11.8 inches
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