Books

3 books that showcase the best works of globally-renowned architects

If you're an architecture fundi, then these books – from the likes of Thomas Heatherwick and David Adjaye – are a must for your coffee table

31 March 2019 - 00:00 By Julia Freemantle


MAKING
By Thomas Heatherwick, Thames and Hudson
Thomas Heatherwick's award-winning Zeitz MOCAA project, whose concept was presented to the public at a previous Design Indaba conference, is arguably one of Cape Town's most iconic structures.
PLAIN SPACE
By John Pawson, Phaidon
Architect John Pawson is best known for his refined simplicity and minimal aesthetic, which eschews adornment in favour of perfecting the fundamentals of architecture: light, space, proportion, materials.
The scope of his work being as broad as it is - from houses and interiors to boats and monasteries - and his career being as prolific as it has been, the volume contains a vast array of his projects, both recent and early.
Plain Space was written in parallel to an exhibition of the same name that appeared at the Design Museum in London. Through an essay format and with narrative descriptions for each project, author Alison Morris explores the firm's working processes and approach to design.
LIVING SPACES
By David Adjaye, Thames and Hudson
International architect David Adjaye OBE has completed high-profile public works around the world, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC and commercial projects like Hallmark House in Joburg. Recent works include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver and the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo.
Like many architects, his work began on a residential scale and although these projects have decreased in frequency, they have increased in terms of impact - the architect selecting those that present a challenge or complex design proposition.
In this volume, we see the designs of some of Adjaye's most recent contemporary homes. From Ghana to Brooklyn - from desolate farm land to urban jungles - they demonstrate his artistry, his use of space, and his utilisation of unexpected materials.

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