Concrete Architecture

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Laurence King Publishing, 2004 - Architecture, Modern - 240 pages
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After a long period of being synonymous with urban deprivation and dreary stained surfaces, concrete is now chic. A favourite material of fashionable style magazines, it is becoming ubiquitous in shops, restaurants and even homes. Concrete is in fact a fabulous material, which can be used in a huge range of techniques and situations. Its colour, texture, and constituents vary, it may be cheaply mass produced, or meticulously crafted, and new developments and increased understanding of its possibilities are inspiring contemporary architects and designers. Concrete Architecture begins by asking these questions: What is concrete? What is its history? How is concrete used? How did concrete get a bad name and was this fair? What are the most recent developments in methods and materials? Why is concrete now so fashionable? The book goes on to look at recent architectural projects that use concrete for an enormous range of building types.
 

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Contents

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Chapter
25
Family Home
26
Tokiwadai House
36
Space Blocks
42
Bacon Street House
54
TiltUp Slab House
62
Haslach School
72
Haus der Architektur
128
Ruffi Gymnasium
144
Museum of Scottish
154
Oskar Reinhart Collection
162
American Folk Art Museum
170
Kunstmuseum
178
Barcelona Botanic Garden
188
Municipal Mortuary
200

Federal Chancellery
78
Ehime Prefectural Museum
86
School of Arts Cordoba
96
Kemeter Paint Warehouse
104
The Laban Centre
112
Headquarters
120
La Granja Stairways
206
Cemetery
214
Cathedral of Our Lady
224
Project credits
230
Picture Credits
238
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Catherine Croft is Director of the Twentieth Century Society and is a regular contributor to a number of architectural journals, including Building Design. She lives in the United Kingdom.

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