Brick Design Book - Phaidon Press

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Brick is a fresh, insightful and surprising look at one of the world’s 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. 

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.

  • A fresh, insightful and surprising look at one of the world’s most versatile and popular architectural building materials
  • Explores the beauty of brick, through 180 structures dating from 2,100 BC to the present day
  • Arranged to promote comparison and discussion, the selected projects take the reader on a global tour of intriguing and inspiring structures
  • Illustrated with extraordinary photographs, each project includes an extended caption providing a commentary on the building, while an essay by the historian and BBC television presenter Dan Cruickshank sketches the fascinating history of this enduring building material

About the author: William Hall trained at Central Saint Martins in London and began his career in the office of the minimalist architect John Pawson. Hall now runs his own design practice in London, working with clients such as Calvin Klein, the Henry Moore Institute and Tate. William is the author of Concrete, also published by Phaidon Press.


  • Hardback
  • English
  • 29cm x 25cm
  • 224 pages
  • 180 colour illustrations

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