A fascinating, visually rich collection, STONE explores the appeal of this essential material through 170 structures from the last 5,000 years. Organized into such themes as Texture, Juxtaposition, and Light, it highlights stone's range and unique qualities with stunning photographs of ancient tombs, churches, cultural spaces, houses, and beyond.

The book features projects from celebrated architects including Philip Johnson, Antoni Gaudi, and Mies van der Rohe, as well as the best contemporary talent such as Kengo Kuma, Grafton Architects, and Snohetta.



ISBN: 9780714879253
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 5 Sep 2019
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 29(H) x 25(L) x 2.8(W)



"An insightful global tour... Get lost in its visuals and upgrade your coffee table style by pre-ordering now."-Airows

"Stunning photographs of ancient tombs and churches, along with modern houses made out of volcanic rock and a material called clunch (basically chalk)... A global tour of more than 170 examples of the best rocky architecture of the past five millenniums."-The Globe & Mail

"Spotlights iconic stone architecture."-Hypebeast

"Stone demonstrates the positive environmental and aesthetic impact that using stone can have."-1stdibs

"This beautiful book on stonemasonry would grace any coffee table."-Crafts magazine

"Remarkable images from pre-history to today... stone is not an anachronism. It is the future."-Mature Times

"From its richly textured book jacket (yes, it feels like the grooves, or "plug and feather" lines, left behind when stone is split with metal wedges and pins), to the 170 "how'd they build that?" images, to author William Hall's descriptive, interesting text, Stone is a fascinating global tour of one of the world's oldest and most exceptional building materials."-Design Within Reach Blog

"This book is beautifully designed and thoroughly engaging for even the most novice admirer of architectural wonders."-ArtDesk Magazine

"Boundless inspiring images and studies of buildings made from each book's titular material."-Grand Designs magazine


Author Biography

William Hall trained at Central Saint Martins and began his career in the office of the minimalist architect John Pawson. Hall now runs his own design practice in London, working with clients such as Calvin Klein, the Henry Moore Institute, and Tate.


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