Design, Typography

Book Typography 3: Architecture Book

So I have found another book at my job which I thought has very splendid cover along with physical feel. In this case, this is a architecture book called Hascher Jehle Arkitekture. It is both in German and English. This is one of the few book I have come across like this, but which I am impressed with the amount of effort that probably went into its editing and creating. Then again, this was maybe made in Europe, such things must be normal in a place where most people can speak maybe up to 3 languages.

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From what I found from the internet, this book features work from the Hascher Jehle Architecture firm which is located in Berlin. there is little in English about the place so I didn’t find much other than the buildings they have done, but can assume they must carry some weight since they are part of the founding members of the German Sustainable Buildings Council.

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What is so nice about it is the hard outer covers which fold inside, and when opened first, they feature the large centered “Thoughts, Buildings” surrounded by all that empty space. It’s a simple presentations of the concept of the contents on the inside. And then when you open it, in contrasting bold and thin, there are the intros in a surprising split of one book into two, each broken in half by the first covers.  This book is rather large when opened, but in a book featuring large architecture, you need a format that will accommodate itself.

And following on the inside, there are the very German squares that is the grid system, and navigation numbers on pages on top and left directing to images related to the text. I happened to find who the designer of this book was, and her name is Sandra Zellmer. Looking at her other works, you can see her design style of using hard covers, large pages, thick paper, and lots of space, along with touchable text.

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I found this particular poster of hers eye catching because of it’s reversion to the basics that we learned in design class. Even in the professional world I see these exercises can actually be used.

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And so I recommend this book to any architecture afficionado’s out there, since it is quite a nice showpiece for their library.

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