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Concrete Hardcover – 3 Sep 2012
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"Concrete is a beautifully designed book. It is also a thought-provoking exploration of an important subject."―John Pawson
"What a surprising and beautiful book – a parade of amazing buildings."―Peter York
"Yes, concrete can be cold and imposing - but as the 175 structures in the book attest, it can also be colorful, playful, and delicate."―Wall Street Journal
"The eye candy here, from the graceful to the brash is enough to open the mind of any skeptic."―Atlantic Cities
"Afresh 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
"The book is a vivid reminder of the sheer endurance, unexpected delicacy, and humor of architecture's humble hero."―Architectural Digest
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This book is a celebration of concrete: collating fascinating and beautiful images of concrete structures from the breathtaking New York Guggenheim to coldly functional aircraft hangars, Concrete will engage anyone interested in architecture and encourage them to think about the sculptural qualities of buildings. Familiar icons by Le Corbusier and Tadao Ando are featured alongside vernacular structures such as petrol stations, vast power plants and London Zoo's famous penguin pool.See all Product description
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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.
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.