Now this looks fascinating. But the Atlas of Brutalist Architecture from Phaidon does come at a price.
Saying that, if you are a fan of brutalism and/or brutalist architecture, it might be a price worth paying.
A substantial and oversized book to weigh down your coffee table, this 560-page volume is described as ‘the only book to thoroughly document the world’s finest examples of brutalist architecture’. It also comes in a specially bound case with three-dimensional finishes for added eye candy.
It features more than 850 buildings, both existing and demolished, as well as classic and contemporary, all of which are organised geographically into nine continental regions.
So you are looking at 798 architects, 102 countries and 9 world regions in all, with 1000 beautiful duotone photographs within to bring the brutalist architecture to life.
Twentieth-century masters included in the book include Marcel Breuer, Lina Bo Bardi, Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Ern Goldfinger, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Oscar Niemeyer, and Paul Rudolph, with contemporary architects featured alongside them such as Peter Zumthor, Alvaro Siza, Coop Himmelb(l)au, David Chipperfield, Diller and Scofidio, Herzog & de Meuron, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, OMA, Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, and Zaha Hadid.
If Phaidon’s This Brutal World didn’t quite scratch your brutalist itch, this one almost certainly will.
Saying that, it is quite an investment. If you want a copy you are looking at £100. If you do leave it out on your coffee table, just make sure your visitors are particularly careful when they flick through it.
Out next week and available to pre-order right now.