Concrete Architecture is a hefty book that presents architectural projects that celebrate the versatility and beauty of concrete as a building material. The range of projects includes acclaimed architecture by, for example, Tadao Ando, Herzog & de Meuron, Bernard Tschumi, Foster & Partners, Morphosis, Snøhetta, and Naoko Hirakura.
The contents have been divided into 4 chapters that study homes, places of work, museums and sports venues, and landscaping structures. There is an introduction to the history of concrete as a building material and its architectural use. The projects are presented with photographs and some architectural drawings.
The way I employ concrete, it lacks sculpturesque solidity and weight. It serves to produce light, homogeneous surfaces. I treat concrete as a cool, inorganic material with a concealed background of strength. My intent is not to express the nature of the material itself, but to employ it to establish the single intent of the space.
— Tadao Ando cited by Catherine Croft in Concrete Architecture, p. 23.
The copy in stock is in good condition. There is some minor yellowing on the edges of the pages, and some marking on the flyleaf, but the dust jacket is clean and has no tears or dirt.