The Best Books on Architectural Materials and Finishes

Books on Architectural Materials and Finishes

Our top and most popular architecture books on architectural materials and finishes. A further and full summary of what we consider to be the best all-round architecture books can here.

  1. 100 Contemporary Concrete Buildings
  2. 100 Contemporary Concrete Buildings

    Concrete? That characterless stuff of parking lots or Communist tower blocks, right? Well, yes. And no. Concrete is actually a name applied to a remarkably wide range of building substances, and, when properly handled, is one of the noble materials of contemporary architecture. A kind of liquid stone at the outset...

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  3. 100 Contemporary Wood Buildings
  4. 100 Contemporary Wood Buildings

    Timberland: The wooden structures of the 21st century Not so very long ago, some might have considered wood a material of the past, long since replaced by more modern components such as concrete and steel. The truth is radically different. Bolstered by new manufacturing techniques and ecological benefits, wood...

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  5. Concrete: A Studio Design Guide
  6. Concrete: A Studio Design Guide

    This is an informative, inspirational, and highly illustrated introduction to the design potential of concrete and its vital role in contemporary architecture. It mixes key issues such as design, aesthetics, and sustainability, with useful technical content such as how to set out the design... 

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  7. Stone
  8. Stone

    Stone takes a fresh look at the world's most versatile and abundant building material.

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  9. Materials for Design 2
  10. Materials for Design 2

    As architecture and design programs throughout the world break out of the classroom and adopt the holistic methods of design/build programs, Materials for Architectural Design 2 is a survey that bridges the gap between construction materials and design sensibility. Authors Victoria Ballard Bell...

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  11. Wood
  12. Wood

    With 170 structures from the last 1,000 years, Wood features projects from some of the world's most celebrated architects. Renzo Piano's otherworldly New Caledonian Cultural Centre is found alongside projects from Tadao Ando and Peter Zumthor. Even the work of Le Corbusier, an architect...

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  13. Brick
  14. Brick

    Brick is a fresh, insightful and surprising look at one of the world's most familiar and popular building materials. From the strange remains of the Ziggurat of Ur dating from 2100 BC, to formidable mills of the industrial revolution, the humble brick has been an architectural staple for centuries. The world's best architects have exploredThe world's best architects have explored...

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