Archibook 60’Portuguese Architecture Generation
José Manuel das Neves
|Type||Hardback with dustcover|
|Approximate size||294 x 233 x 22 mm|
|Approximate weight||1180 g|
Archibook 60’ presents works from contemporary Portuguese architects, born in the 60’s. The book covers a wide range of uses and interventions, from housing and rehabilitation to religious and public buildings. It has also an excellent graphic design, featuring full-page photos and carefully integrated drawings. Although having a small size in terms of content length, it is able to showcase some less-known works from contemporary portuguese architecture.
- Wide range of buildings, representative of the main intervention types
- Showcase of less-known portuguese architecture projects
- Rich sets of schematic drawings and photos, allowing a quick comprehension of each project
- Excellent graphic design, printing and binding
The book starts with an overall contextualization of this generation of architects, their roots and their way of designing. The whole book is organized into small chapters, one for each project, and they are grouped according to program or intervention types, starting with public works and finishing with private commissions.
When reading it you should not expect complete project drawings and details; it contains, in fact, a short but efficient presentation, around 8 pages per project, containing the most important viewpoints and all the main drawings you need to grasp the project globally, providing a pleasant tour through the portguese contemporary architecture.
The book as object
Archibook 60’ is a portrait-format book, slightly larger than A4 but still managing to have a comfortable dimension. One can pick the book and leaf through it easily, going through the large images and crisp drawings.
The majority of the book is made with warm color tones, allowing a pleasant reading time – this includes the omnipresent golden color that goes from the first pages to the project titles and even the small golden-yellow fabric that lines the book binding.
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