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: a German skatepark sits beside an Italian rooftop test track, a Japanese crematorium alongside a Portuguese swimming pool and a Brazilian government building next to a Chinese opera house.

Illustrated with extraordinary photographs, each project includes an extended caption providing a commentary on the building. An essay by Leonard Koren, author of the best-selling Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, offers an evocative and perceptive view of concrete through the author's experience of studying architecture in California and living in Tokyo.

Concrete is a beautiful and informative visual exploration of a material often considered dull and cold but actually full of spectacular potential.

Hardcover: 240 pages

Publisher: Phaidon Press; First Edition edition (September 3, 2012)

Language: English

Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.2 x 11.4 inches

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  1. mimi w @studiomimi

    'A visual exploration of the aesthetics of concrete architecture.' 175 seductively photographed structures + projects by some of the most celebrated architects of the last century. Phaidon, 240 pages.

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  2. D Colbe @Lad6Dvan

    Folks 'b sure to check this product out. Concrete has proven to be one of the most 'structurally sound' materials for a myriad of building purposes. Everything from foundations (as we already know) - to - 8-10+ ft. Fencing - to - walls - to - Outdoor Family Recreation Rooms: BBQ Pit/Patio/Walls/Wall Panels/Seating, etc. - to - Garden Structures, asian-inspired garden wall fountains - to - Indoor Flooring - to - Kitchen Counters/Flooring - to - Basement Entertainment Center Walls with built-in enclaves! And this is just the beginning!! Manufacturers & Architects & Designers & Consumers have all found a goldmine of a material! Jump 'n with your own innovative use of concrete! Yes, Fireplaces & Adobe Ovens too, and painted or frescoed!

  3. D Colbe @Lad6Dvan

    Still the worlds most inexpensive building material....and yet it endures due to its myriad of possible applications! The possibilities are limitless! Even concrete bathroom showers/shower walls/shower flooring & bathroom vanity's have been done! Astounding! BUT MOST OF ALL---EXTREMELY DURABLE, when sealed!!!

  4. D Colbe @Lad6Dvan

    So sad that American's become so blase' on good'ol common-sense products & materials that have proven to be 'BEST' for THOUSANDS of centuries! A society so used to 'SYNTHETIC' (imitation) materials that it is lethargic & pathetic! Not so for Japanese, Germans, Danes, Welsh, etc. They have more sense & higher respect for old, standard, 'common-sense' products & materials. wonder their students often do better!

  5. Noah Wadley @Waddles98

    shut up

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