Our favourite architecture books
Whether you love architecture yourself, or you’re looking to buy someone an awesome gift, we’ve rounded up our top books based on the art of architecture for that architect in your life.
Try saying that ten times fast.
Read on for our favourites.
Architecture: A World History
With gorgeous illustrations, this comprehensive, but condensed book is dedicated to significant architectural movements, exploring its evolution through biographies of great architects and analysis of their masterpieces. Organized chronologically, it covers prehistory to the present, highlighting noteworthy examples of important architectural styles, and showcasing works of significant architects. (Get it here)
All wrapped into one impressive volume, the finest Gothic cathedrals of France, England, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Coming together in a gorgeous book, readers and academics will enjoy massive, detailed photographs of these landmarks, focusing on their beauty, innovation, and amazing formation. (Get it here)
Venice: an Architectural Guide
Venice is a mecca to beautiful architecture, and this brief, but detailed, book provides an accessible guide to the city. Written by architect and critic Richard Goy, it lays out the city’s piazzas, palazzos, basilicas, and other architectural points of interest, as well as historical details regarding Venice’s environment. The book also sets out planned walking tours, maps, features, key terms, and other references materials… a must for travellers! (Get it here)
Five Hundred Buildings of London
The name says it all, laying out five hundred photographs showcasing the best architectural examples in London, England. Photographic tours like the pages of the volume, with rich, fine resolution duotone detail. Information including the building’s name, address and location, and year of completion or renovation is included underneath each image, along with a brief description. Gill Davies authors and edits, while London-based photographer John Reynolds brings it altogether. (Get it here)
Five Hundred Buildings of Paris
Like it’s London counterpart, this volume highlights the buildings of Paris in the same way. Kathy Borrus writes and edits this version, and Jorg Brockmann and James Driscoll provides the eye candy. (Get it here)
Five Hundred Buildings of New York
It wouldn’t be complete without bringing New York City into the mix, all written in the same layout. (Get it here)
Fifty Architects You Should Know
Broaden your knowledge by knowing more about your favourite architects. Starting with the Renaissance, this book outlines fifty visionary architects over the past six centuries. It contains double-page spreads with full-color illustrations, informative sidebars, and a timeline that extends throughout the book. (Get it here)
Young Architect Kit
Kids will have hours of fun with this kit designed by the folks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They’ll be able to create their own blueprints and building reusable 3D architectural models with this kit designed for ages 10 and over. The kit includes 9 room templates, 6 large pieces of tracing paper, 3 furniture guides, walls and blocks, peel-and-stick doors and windows, an acrylic work mat, and 4 colored pencils. (Get it here).