Heavy beach reading.

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Noppenhalle, Zurich – Baierbischofberger Architects. Photo: Phaidon Publishing.

Forget flimsy paperbacks this summer; my recommendation is Concrete, a must-have architecture book from Phaidon. Written and edited by William Hall, with an essay by Leonard Koren, this visual stunner will amaze and intrigue you. Think concrete is a cold, dull material? These 240 pages will change your mind.

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Pradolongo Housing – Madrid-Wiel Arets. Photo: Phaidon Publishing.