First impressions of this beautifully-bound book? Aside from the fact that it’s so little and so velvety smooth it makes you want to snuggle it to your chest like a newborn kitten?
Don’t let the publication’s elfin size fool you.
Leaf through its pages and you’ll see the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture: Travel Edition is so much more than just another cute collectible.
Instead, you’ll find a compellingly-written compendium – featuring more than a thousand buildings from around the globe (including structures that range from a simple church in Poland to Qatar’s cubist Museum of Islamic Art.)
Given who we are, we dove straight into the section featuring Canada. Which Canadian buildings, we wondered, were deemed destination-worthy by this renowned British publishing house?
Sixteen Canadian projects were listed. Among them were Toronto’s Ravine Guest House (featuring an indoor/outdoor fireplace with a view to a forest), Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum (made with re-purposed copper) and the stunning, multi-coloured Montreal Convention Centre featured in the photo above.
Like the publication that inspired it (a larger coffee table version printed in 2008) – this atlas will appeal to architecture enthusiasts around the planet.
As for the rest of us? We’re convinced there’s something here – if even for the mildly curious.
Maybe you want to expand your vocabulary and impress your friends at the next cocktail party.
Cantilevered upper-stories? Grids of louvres? Entrance forecourts? Whaaaaa???
Or maybe it’s the images you’re after.
And you’re simply happy to curl up with this beguiling little publication, flip through its pages and feast on some seriously inspiring photographic eye candy.
***OK. We’re prepared to give away, albeit grudgingly, our copy of this wonderful little book.
All you have to do is tell us about your favourite Canadian work of architecture and why you love it so much. Best comment wins.
Contest is open to midnight Dec 14/11.
***Contest update: Congrats to Colette for nominating UBC’s Museum of Anthropology as a destination-worthy “Canadian work of architecture.” And thanks to those who took the time to comment – putting great buildings like the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada and The Young Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto on our radar. Great recommendations!