Publisher: Taschen, ISBN: 9783836562355, Format: Two volumes, hardcover, within a slipcase, 240 x 305mm, 648pp
Of all building materials in the world, brick is one of the most enduring and ubiquitous. Traces of brickmaking date back to 7500 BC and fired brick first made its appearance in about 3500 BC. Since then, brick has shown amazing resilience and remains one of the mainstays of contemporary architecture. Rooted in tradition in countries as different as China and the Netherlands, it is inexpensive, flexible in use, and can also be ecologically fabricated.
This two-volume set tours the world to cover the most exciting and innovative brick buildings of the past 15 years. The collection features new talents as well as established stars and showcases the use of brick across diverse buildings, from Tate Modern Switch House by Herzog & De Meuron to Mass Design Group’s Maternity Waiting Village in Kasungu, Malawi.