Our 8 Favourite Architectural Books About Concrete
From great architects to the most beautiful and brutal buildings, here are our top picks of architectural books about concrete.
From great architects to the most beautiful and brutal buildings, here are our top picks of architectural books about concrete:
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1. Concrete by Leonard Koren and William Hall
SHOP IT | Concrete by Leonard Koren and William Hall, R930 | Amazon.com
2. Raw Concrete: The Beauty of Brutalism by Barnabas Balder
An exploration of the controversial Brutalist movement of the 1960s (and beyond) this book presents both a British-focused history – and an impassioned defence – of this often-maligned style of architecture.
SHOP IT | Raw Concrete: The Beauty of Brutalism by Barnabas Balder, R403 | Amazon.com
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3. This Brutal World by Peter Chadwick
A more global view of the Brutalist movement is provided by this book, which also includes gorgeous black-and-white photographs of many of the buildings mentioned. It features works by contemporary architects as well as 20th century icons such as Louis Kahn, Marcel Breuer and Le Corbusier.
SHOP IT | This Brutal World by Peter Chadwick, R485 | Amazon.com
4. Brutal London by Simon Phipps
Focused – as the title suggests – on Brutalist buildings in London, this is one for real aficionados. Featuring highlights of the city’s post-war buildings, arranged in groups according to the London boroughs in which they are situated, it is beautifully photographed and celebrates a number of buildings that have previously been neglected or ignored.
SHOP IT | Brutal London by Simon Phipps Kindle Edition, R196 | Amazon.com
5. Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World by Christopher Beanland
SHOP IT | Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World by Christopher Beanland, R298 | Amazon.com
6. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph by Timothy M Rohan
The first book to be devoted to the work of US architect Paul Rudolph (1918-1977), this title explores his best-known buildings – from Florida houses designed in the 1940s to East Asian structures created in the 1990s – as well as unearthing the ideas that informed them.
SHOP IT | The Architecture of Paul Rudolph by Timothy M Rohan, R734 | Amazon.com
7. Concrete: Pure. Strong. Surprising by Chris van Uffelen
Aiming to cast a light on concrete used in a variety of ways – from minimalist to opulent – this book looks at the range of different uses to which this versatile material can be put. An overview of outstanding contemporary architecture projects is included in order to illustrate its overall point
SHOP IT | Concrete: Pure. Strong. Surprising by Chris van Uffelen, R453 | Amazon.com
8. Sacred Concrete: The Churches of Le Corbusier by Flora Samuel and Inge Linder-Gaillard
Le Corbusier has long been known as a master of the use of concrete in architecture, but this book is the first comprehensive survey of his religious architecture in particular. The architect designed and built a number of churches and chapels, and was profoundly interested in religion and faith. The authors also examine how his work has influenced church architecture up to the present day.
SHOP IT | Sacred Concrete: The Churches of Le Corbusier by Flora Samuel and Inge Linder-Gaillard, R1212 | Amazon.com
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