A brick of a book. It’s an expression that’s not always complimentary, but here it has highly apt and positive connotations. In the case of Brick: An Exacting Material – an instant award-winner in Leipzig – we have an opportunity to dip into new insights and inspiration concerning the brick as seen by the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.

The concept turns out to be very inventively elaborated, from the cover with its three-dimensional drawing in white and black offset and white foil printing to the last page – and with printing that is of almost magically high quality. Just look at the spine, with the brick motif of the front cover running through both handsomely and lightly. The whole thing lies exceedingly well in the hand, and with its varying page layout even the non-specialist or the man with two left hands will be seduced by the qualities of brick.

The international jury for the Best Book Design from all over the World awards at the Leipzig fair likewise fell for this book en bloc, awarding it a silver medal.

Author Jan Peter Wingender (ed.)

Year 2015

Language English, translated by Richard Glass, Mark Speer

Publisher Architectura & Natura, Amsterdam

Designer Studio Joost Grootens (Joost Grootens, Dimitri Jeannottat, Silke Koeck, Hanae Shimizu, Julie da Silva)

Prepress robstolk, Amsterdam

Printer robstolk, Amsterdam (Interior is partly printed in two colours and partly in CMYK)

Binder Van Waarden, Zaandam

Size 170 x 240 x 34

Number of pages Lyon Text (Commercial Type)

Print run 352 p.

Price € 39,90

ISBN 978 94 6140 027 7

Binding style Sewn hardback

Material 90gsm EOS 2.0 (interior), 140gsm Muskat Grey (endpapers), 125gsm Imitlin E/R05 Tela, argilla, over grey board (binding, printed with opaque white, and white foil stamping)

Awards Silver medal Best Book Designs from all over the World, Leipzig 2016