Must Reads: Brick

Brick by William Hall

Brick By William Hall | Essay By Dan Cruickshank | PHAIDON • $20

“Brick,” in its new mini format, takes a mighty look at one of the world’s most familiar and popular building materials. This book takes a fresh look at how brick has been an architectural staple for centuries, showcasing hundreds of diverse and fascinating examples – from the Ziggurat of Ur dating from 2100 BC and the vast Baths of Caracalla in Rome (216 AD), to modern and contemporary masterpieces by Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto and Frank Lloyd Wright. Equally striking and memorable are works featured by innovators working into the twenty-first century, like Frank Gehry, Peter Zumthor, Kazuyo Sejima and several lesser-known newcomers. 

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