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Architecture Books

  • A Chronology of Architecture

    John Zukowsky

    Product Code: CBQUS
    Hardback
    A Chronology of Architecture presents a fresh perspective on the medium by taking a purely chronological approach to its history, tracing the complex links between structural innovations, social changes, and artistic interventions. Organized around a central timeline that charts the development of architecture from the earliest structures to the present-day skyscrapers and global cities, it features key buildings, together with commentaries and contextual information about the social, political and cultural events of the period in which they were built. Special feature spreads highlight important movements, construction methods and key practitioners. Covering a wide selection of genres, styles and architects, it is invaluable as a comprehensive guide to architecture in all its different forms.
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  • Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens - Kew, The

    Michelle Payne

    Product Code: BQDSD
    Paperback
    Kew's Grade 1 listed Temperate House is the world's largest surviving Victorian glasshouse and the reopening in May 2018 will mark its 155th anniversary. The Temperate House has been closed for the past five years for a major restoration project, which has involved repairs to the entire framework and ventilation system, brickwork and statuary, as well as an overhaul of the planting and the inclusion of some of the world's rarest plants. It is home to Kew's temperate zone plants, containing specimens from South Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and oceanic islands. Many of its best known species, such as its tree ferns, have been in Kew's collection since the glasshouse first opened, or even longer. This book is a souvenir of the history of the Temperate House, and details the changes that have occurred in its 155 years, all accompanied with fascinating archival photographs and botanical illustrations. Central to the book is a pull out double page section detailing the new planting and layout of the House.
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  • The House Party

    Adrian Tinniswood

    Product Code: CBRCR
    Hardback
    A delightful journey through the glamorous story of the English country house party by the bestselling historian. Croquet. Parlour games. Cocktails. Welcome to a glorious journey through the golden age of the country house party - and you are invited. Our host, celebrated historian Adrian Tinniswood, traces the evolution of this quintessentially British pastime from debauched royal tours to the flamboyant excess of the Bright Young Things. With cameos by the Jazz Age industrialist, the bibulous earl and the off-duty politician - whether in moated manor houses or ornate Palladian villas - Tinniswood gives a vivid insight into weekending etiquette and reveals the hidden lives of celebrity guests, from Nancy Astor to Winston Churchill, in all their drinking, feasting, gambling and fornicating. The result is a deliciously entertaining, star-studded, yet surprisingly moving portrait of a time when social conventions were being radically overhauled through the escapism of a generation haunted by war - and a uniquely fast-living period of English history. Praise for The Long Weekend: 'Delicious, occasionally fantastical, revealing in ways that Downton Abbey never was. It is as if Tinniswood is at the biggest, wildest, most luxuriantly decadent party ever thrown, and he knows everyone.' Observer 'A deliciously jaunty and wonderfully knowledgeable book. Tinniswood displays a terrific insider's grasp of gossip . A meticulous, irresistible story.' Spectator 'Elegant, encyclopedic and entertaining . A confident and skilled historian who understands the mores of his era and wears his learning lightly . Deserves to be on every costume drama producer's bookshelf.' Times
  • Southport in 50 Buildings

    Geoffrey Wright

    Product Code: BYZVE
    Paperback
    The seaside town of Southport in the northwest of England attracts many visitors each year. The town was founded in 1792 from a small fishing settlement among the sand-dunes to become a fashionable Lancashire resort and grew rapidly in the 19th century. The town is justly famous for its main thoroughfare Lord Street, an elegant example of Victorian town planning, Royal Birkdale Golf Club with its art deco clubhouse and the country's second-longest pier, but among its many other fascinating buildings can be found Victorian and Edwardian mansions, an early bath house, a bowling pavilion converted into a library, a tiny round house, the Fog Bell building and a modern and stylish Eco-centre. Southport in 50 Buildings explores the history of this fascinating town through a selection of its most interesting buildings and structures, including less well known buildings tucked away, showing the changes that have taken place over the years and the stories behind them. The book will appeal to all those who live in Southport or visit the town or who have an interest in the area.
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  • Trajan's Hollow

    Michael J. Waters

    Product Code: BTBHC
    Paperback
    This publication documents Trajan's Hollow, a transformative reproduction of Trajan's Column in Rome, to address issues of critical importance in contemporary architectural practice: a reconsideration of architectural poch (both programmatic and material), the use of scale shift as a tool for transforming shape and content, and the role of subversive reconstruction in an era of digital scanning and replication. The publication offers an alternative model for the close reading of historical artifacts through an analysis of Trajan's Column and its material progeny, including the casts and copies of the column produced over 2,000 years and contemporary reconstructions of the column executed by the author while in residence at the American Academy in Rome. Although this second-century monument located in the heart of Rome has been the object of hundreds of years of study, Trajan's Hollow uncovers aspects of the column curiously omitted amidst all this attention, manifesting the lacunae in various paradigms of historical inquiry: this work rereads the column and its legacy through the simple act of prioritizing the embodied occupation of its interior over the analysis of its exterior narrative frieze. By focusing on traces of workmanship (chisel marks, seam lines, tool dimensions), material attributes (provenance, behavior, constraints, change in qualities over millennia), and the experience of habitation (interior atmosphere, circulation, functional details), the project develops an alternative understanding of the historical artifact and of its role in contemporary design.
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  • Mercurio Design Lab

    Massimo Mercurio

    Product Code: AMPES
    Hardback
    The Mercurio Design Lab (MDL) masterfully manages to express its potential in Singapore. Massimo Mercurio is motivated by a strong spirit of innovation and experimentation, and seeks to combine the Asian architectural context with Italian style and tradition. MDL considers its projects as artistic masterpieces and makes a special contribution to the architectural scene of the city through the creation of dramatic and futuristic buildings, always respecting three fundamental criteria: the functional, the aesthetic and the social.
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  • Bawa

    David Robson

    Product Code: AWQMH
    Paperback
    This is a story of two brothers, Geoffrey and Bevis, and their exquisite gardens, Brief and Lunuganga, set in the lush tropical landscape of Sri Lanka. It begins with a largely photographic overview of the country's natural features, showing the varied palette of landscapes that inspired Bawa's sensitive treatment of architecture. At the very heart of the book is an intimate portrait of two gloriously detailed gardens and the personalities that brought them into being. But it is also a story about the nature and landscape of an island of exceptional beauty. As such, the book has something to offer followers of Geoffrey Bawa, tropical-garden enthusiasts and to all those seeking a photographic portrait of Sri Lanka.
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  • Elemental Living

    Phaidon Editors

    Product Code: AVZED
    Hardback
    60 stunning works of contemporary architecture, all of which have a special relationship with the natural landscape Elemental Living presents 60 works of architecture from across the 20th and 21st centuries that have a special relationship with the natural world. The book includes a visually breathtaking selection of architect-created houses that have been designed to create unparalleled views of a wide variety of natural landscapes; designed to be almost indistinguishable from the natural landscape; or designed using materials and forms found in the natural landscape. Each house demonstrates a deep concern with the creation of unique living spaces that connect their inhabitants with the forests, mountains, lakes, deserts, and oceans that have attracted humanity for millennia.
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Our amazing range of architecture books is great for architecture experts and those with a casual interest. Discover a variety of fascinating buildings and structures, from the world’s most famous landmarks to the architectural style of whole cities.

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Our books on architecture will introduce you to some of the most impressive structures and architectural styles in the world with stunning photography and loads of interesting information on the design of various buildings.

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Explore the diverse architecture of the world in our books about architecture. Plus, you can take a look at the history of architecture in our best architecture books, giving you an insight into where the future of the field may go.

Helpful handbooks

Whether you know a lot or very little about architecture, we have loads of helpful information about getting into the field and learning the basics in our great architecture guides.

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