Libraries, Phaidon Style

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Ricardo Legorreta’s San Antonio library, Texas, as illustrated by André Chiote

Phaidon has produced a book to meet our library fancy:

The world’s best libraries look even better as posters

See how architect André Chiote has illustrated buildings by Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Rem Koolhaas and co

When successful architects are tasked with designing important city or national libraries, they rise to the challenge. These practices, which often spend much of their time on overtly commercial work, seem to come to life when they put their civic-minded hats on.

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Cottbus library, Germany, as illustrated by André Chiote

Illustrator and architect André Chiote spotted this trait and has committed what he’s seen to paper: poster paper that is. He has created stylish graphic representations of libraries by some of the world’s most interesting architects.

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Josep Llinás’ Vila de Gràcia Library, Barcelona, as illustrated by André Chiote

Buildings by Herzog & de Meuron, Norman Foster, Mecanoo, Oscar Niemeyer and Rem Koolhaas have all been given the Chiote treatment. His technique is to focus on a particular element of each façade, and work up the geometric shapes and the shadows they create through a strong colour palette. ..

Read the whole book description here.

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