Books and cultural items about Architecture
Buildings, great architects, models: a fascinating exploration of architecture
The Royal Mosque of Ispahan / Ali Akbar Esfahani
In 1598, King Abbas planned a tremendous urban project. His Royal Mosque embodies the incredible richness of an art of living, the power of a king and the talent of hundreds of craftsmen.
The Pyramid of King Djoser in Saqqarah / Imhotep
The pyramid of Djoser, the most ancient in Egypt, reveals the first steps of architecture as a skilful practice as opposed to simple construction.
The Luxembourg Philharmony / Christian de Portzamparc
With its elliptical shape, the Philharmony, its filter of white columns and its coloured cliffs reveal the grand auditorium like a genuine jewel in its case.
The Menier chocolate Factory
Between 1870 and 1914, the Menier chocolate factory was the world's biggest chocolate factory and a pioneer when it comes to architectural innovation.
Royal Hotel SAS / Arne Jacobsen
Built between 1955 and 1960, the tower of the Royal Hotel SAS marks Denmark's transition into the modernity of the post-war period. It is a complete work in which everything, from a mere ashtray to the actual built volume, was devised and designed by Arne Jacobsen.
Saint-Pancras Railway Station / William Barlow and George Gilbert Scott
London, XIXth century. The Midland Company builds the Saint-Pancras Railway Station and a luxury Hotel. Architect W.H. Barlow builds the time's highest covered market and accomplishes a feat with a framework with a unique range of 73 metres with no columns or pillars.