The Breeze Block Book
Publisher: Uro Publications 2019, ISBN: 9780994396693, Editors: Sam Marshall and Maitiú Ward, Essays by: Pamela J Deasy, Richard Hassell and Sam Marshall, Designer: Michael Bojkowski, Format: Hardcover, 300x300mm, 184pp
Breeze block is back. This surge of interest in the material, though, is more than a nostalgic yearning for the golden years of modernism. Contemporary designers are not only rediscovering the forgotten qualities that made it such an appealing medium for mid-century architects, but finding new ways to enhance and exploit them. Breeze block remains an inexpensive, robust, and (handled well) highly expressive material.
Deploying the techniques of 21st-century design, from digital design tools to robotic fabrication, complex new forms and patterns are now possible in breeze block, which can not only heighten the architectural drama of our buildings, but also temper their internal and external environments in increasingly sensitive, climate responsive ways.
With editorial direction from architect and self-professed ‘block head’ Sam Marshall (known to thousands of aficionados as Instagram’s @breezeblockhead), this book is both a survey and celebration of contemporary global breeze block architecture.
Featured projects include work by Herzog & de Meuron, Shigeru Ban, Partners Hill, Kevin Mark Low, Edition Office, Archi Union and many others. An essay by architectural historian Pamela J Deasy and introduction by Richard Hassell of WOHA rounds out a fascinating exploration of this potent, oft misunderstood material.
A special thanks to the book's patron Brickworks Building Products, without whose support publication would not have been possible.
What others think
“The Breeze Block’s ability to transcend through time, and in particular its recent resurgence reflects an appreciation for the endurance and diversity of the humble concrete block” – Yellowtrace.
“...breeze blocks provide a different take on normative brick use while responding with sensitivity to a climate. The Breeze Block Book features incredible projects and explores this “simple” building material.“ – Grand Designs Australia, 9.1 April 2020
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