Monday, June 29, 2009

pattern + shadow

i really quite like the humble patterned concrete block. i think they have a bad name because they are always used in the wrong application.. you often see a few of them stuck somewhere inappropriate on a little pre-war brick house with a tiled roof, instead of being used en masse to make up a screen wall on a modern house... just imagine how good they would look somewhere fabulous like a case study house. i think the next modern monster i design will have to incorporate a concrete patterned block wall.. perhaps at the western end of an outdoor living area and incorporated in with the landscaping. the harsh west sun belting against the blocks would make the most glorious sharp shadows.

update: jacq from uber stylish utz sanby architects tells me they are called breeze blocks.. i knew there was a name for them, but sometimes my brain does not recall.

update: check out studio g for their take on the humble block. 


  1. these blocks remind me of that huge big retaining wall near the rowers club in mildura. it used to have a very impressive cactus garden incorporated into it ... now ... not so much. memories.

  2. 'uber stylish'- must add that to the website! we were trying not to add a recurring client comment- 'well I certainly don't hate it.' xx J

  3. i went to a house party where they had put tealights into the little squares in the middle of a few blocks-they looked so stunning and was perhaps the first time i noticed how beautiful a wall of these blocks looks. the shadows they cast were wonderful.

  4. Oh my goodness - I have always LOVED these blocks, and was so excited to see they still make them! Thanks for the link.

  5. If you like breeze block, then come to Darwin. It's everywhere as many of the houses are from the 60s and 70s. I'm thinking of making a book about it.


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