So, they’re making designer cinder blocks, now. It’s pretty freaking cool, if you ask me. They have 12 block designs, and the patterns you get on the wall (All 3-D patterns, they are) depend on the way you turn and stack the blocks. Each block has 2-6ish different ‘looks’ you can achieve by stacking them in varying patterns. For example, this:
Note the cool way the water runs off the building, in this configuration. (I’m pretty sure this is a fake rendering of a theoretical wall, but whatever.)
Visit the site to see all 12 blocks, and their patterns (some of which are more interesting than this one…). It’d be sweet if I ever saw a building made with them.