The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture

  • The only resource of its kind, The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture presents, in one volume, over 1,000 of the most outstanding works of architecture from all over the world built since 1998
  • Places the work of internationally acclaimed architects alongside that of the next generation of emerging architectural stars and those currently unknown outside their own country
  • Includes every building type from the smallest single houses, chapels and wineries to the largest art galleries, airports, law courts and embassies
  • Each project has been nominated by a panel consisting of 150 leading names in the international field of architecture
  • A truly unparalleled resource that presents easily accessible world data on the number and location of practising architects, architecture schools and architecture students

The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture Book
‘An encyclopedia in one giant volume – five, even ten books in one. Breathtakingly illustrated…a thrill a page…All the buildings included date from 1998 or later so it is a genuine survey of contemporary architecture … For anyone wishing to see modern wonders on his travels as well as ancient ones this book is a brilliant guide, including many places that are destinations in their own right.’ (The Times)

‘The modern wonders of the building world…Think of it as a Lonely Planet guide with more 3D elevations and less crap about taxi scams and bilharzia. Impressive…’ (Arena)

‘An extraordinarily thorough ‘best of’ exercise…What makes it different from dozens of other books offering the same thing is its ambition and its details…This is the biggest of big picture books…packed with interesting stuff. I could rifle through it for days. Full marks for having drawings that explain the pictures…the scale of this work, and the accessibility of its design, is such that is deserves a wider audience.’ (The Sunday Times)

‘The only global look at cutting-edge building that’s available between two covers…[a] compendium of cool.’ (Newsweek)

‘For architects, students and the general enthusiast, this titanic tome is an essential source of reference.’ (V&A)

‘An event of a book, so big it could be the eighth wonder of the world…an unparalleled resource for anyone interested in the cutting edge of architecture. At £100, it is quite a bargain too. A must for every bookshelf.’ (IDFX)

‘So vast it practically needs planning permission…the perfect source book.’ (Wallpaper*)

‘Wonderful’ (Elle Decoration)

‘The new Phaidon Atlas is an amazing adventure. Never have I seen more works of architecture from around the world so extensively documented. This Atlas which covers the globe is a must-have for architecture students and professionals alike, as it documents work built from Iceland to New Zealand.’ (Richard Meier, architect)

‘Move over Bannister Fletcher, there’s a new book in town.’ (Aaron Betsky, Director of Netherlands Architecture Institute)

‘It’s a fascinating education for those of us who build or care about making architecture.’ (Hani Rashid, Architect and Designer, Asymptote)

‘Now we need to reinforce the shelving!’ (Zaha Hadid, architect)

‘What a brilliant resource.’ (David Adjaye, architect)

‘Unique, definitive and authoritative, the Atlas demonstrates that architecture is a truly global phenomenon.’ (Deyan Sudjic, Curator and Critic)

‘A wonderful resource on architecture.’ (Bob Emmerson, Chairman, Arup Group)

‘A first-class ticket.’ (Will Alsop, architect)

‘Heavy-weight champion of architecture reference books.’ (Architect’s Newspaper)


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