Proven material, visionary architecture “Brick’12 is the fifth edition of our book series launched in 2004 to coincide with the Wienerberger Brick Award. The publication highlights the innovative use of brick in architecture today,” says Wienerberger CEO Heimo Scheuch.
The articles were written by some 50 of the acknowledged authors and experts in the world of architecture, from architecture journalist Rory Olcayto to book author Falk Jaeger to lecturer and curator of architecture events Rùta Leitanaite. Some authors have contributed to the book series from the beginning and often visit the brick buildings in person in order to get a first-hand look. The Wienerberger Brick Award 2012 was presented in the categories “Special Solution with Brick”, “Single-Family House”, “Non-Residential Building”, “Residential Building” and “Conversion”.
Brick+: New magazine supplement with Chipperfield and Jelinek
New this year is the magazine supplement Brick+ which can be found in the second part of the book featuring current developments in modern brick architecture. The architecture magazine reports on the expansion of the Tate Modern in London by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and their use of brick as a construction material. Brick+ also features a profile of architect David Chipperfield, who calls himself a friend of “good old brick” and reveals how he recovers from the stress and strain of the architect’s life in Galicia. A further highlight is an essay by Literature Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek about ceramic artist Kurt Ohnsorg.
“The book is more than a coffee table book of the nominated projects. It is a comprehensive reference work for students, architects and fans of architecture, a must on any well-stocked bookshelf,” says Heimo Scheuch, clearly impressed by the new edition of “Brick’12” accompanying this year’s Wienerberger Brick Award. “Thanks to the untiring dedication, organisation and coordination of the many contributors, we have – in a period of just one year – again published a work that demonstrates the highest level of quality from both a journalistic and a design point of view.”
Swiss daily “Neue Züricher Zeitung” called the first edition a book that demonstrates works which, because of their formal beauty and technical precision, stand out far above the average, everyday architectural product. The German architecture journal “Deutsches Architektenblatt” called the book a feast for the eyes with very lively text. “Brick’12 will meet the previous, positive feedback and will definitely satisfy fans of architecture and critics”, says Heimo Scheuch pleased about the new book.
More information about the Brick Award 2012 is available at http://www.wienerberger.com/brick-award and about the previous awards from 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 at www.brick10.com.