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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, 19 Oct 2012
This review is from: Concrete (Hardcover)
I found this book really inspiring. The range of works is huge, but the quality is very high and totally consistent. It's incredible what can be created from the same source material - it has definitely changed my notion of concrete.

You don't get to understand the 180 buildings shown - you only get one picture and a long caption for each one - and you don't get much detail on construction or concrete composition or anything like that, but the introduction and short text are thought provoking and comprehensible to someone like me with no architectural training.

It's a really handsome and finely produced book with beautiful images, so makes a good present for a creative person.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy-duty material, heavily exquisite book, 17 Oct 2012
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Phaidon Press are known for elegant and distinctive art and architecture books but this one is good even by its own high standards. The book has a simple premise - rather than acres of text, it assembles a single gorgeous image of each of 150 or so buildings and constructions - given at least a page or many even big double page spreads - each with a clear, concise caption. (In fact the only extensive text occurs in the author's introduction and the accompanying essay by Wabi-Sabi author Leonard Koren, both of which exhort the reader to rethink concrete as a material of beauty rather than stark utility.)

The sense of luxury as you turn the pages is palpable - the paper is beautiful, the images are beautiful. Even the cover is beautiful, with an amazing printed-in effect of the wooden mould-made lines in in-situ-cast concrete. And the juxtapositions made by the book's designer are in many cases completely stunning: Westminster Jubilee line station opposite an amazing Japanese print centre that looks almost like an oil rig high above the city; Canary Wharf Jubilee line station opposite Auguste Perret's intense, meditatory concrete church. The real joy of the book is discovering many unusual buildings. Of course the usual suspects are here too - South Bank, Fallingwater, the Pantheon, Trellick Tower, Guggenheim, Villa Savoye, Sydney Opera House. (Though I'm not totally sure that whole building is concrete.) But the most fun are the ones I've never heard of before - Rem Koolhass's "Casa da Musica", Louis Kahn's Bangladesh Parliament, Max Berg's Breslau Centennial Hall: all stunning unforgettable constructions now that I know them.

Cooling towers, train stations, fire stations, flak towers, dams, housing estates, oh yes, of course. But also sculptures, Biennale pavilions, chapels, libraries, swimming pools, and luxury clifftop villas: concrete ennobles them all, and this is the book to prove it. Grand spaces are spanned, beautiful organic shapes echoed, and imaginative leaps are made. (It's intriguing how often concrete has been chosen as a material for spiritual or contemplative buildings, with stunning creations here by Le Corbusier, BNKR, Fonseca, Schultes and Frank, Kurokawa, Trahan Architects, Bohm and others.) The best thing about this book is the way it sends you off to explore new avenues of thought: truly inspirational.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome book on an everyday product, 5 Mar 2013
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This book shows some of the exceptional and amazing constructions using concrete. Any lovers of modern architecture will really enjoy looking and re-looking at this excellent collection of buildings and structures. Great photo's and top info too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it, 11 Mar 2013
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I read a review about this book months ago and thought it would make a good present for my husband - It was difficult to find in Waterstones so I searched on Amazon and found it easily. It's really beautiful and interesting - the perfect book for lovers of concrete - like the French!
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4.0 out of 5 stars huge book, 31 Jan 2013
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I bought this for my son who is studying architecture at uni. he said it may come in handy but there are not as many factual tequnical pieces of information as he would have liked.Inspiring buildings from arounfNice coffee table book, its masive and very heavy,like concrete I guess!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 8 Mar 2014
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Iam not a fantastic reader as I have a dizzy mind.but there was pictures and small amount of tax.fantastic book JR CONCRETE FLOORS LTD 01733 860098
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing buildings, 18 Sep 2013
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Very good book so many beautiful structures in concrete all around the world.
Great book to have as a refererence
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