Twenty-Five Buildings Every Architect Should Understand is an essential companion to Simon Unwin’s Analysing Architecture, and part of the trilogy which also includes his Exercises in Architecture: Learning to Think as an Architect. Together the three books offer an introduction to the workings of architecture providing for the three aspects of learning: theory, examples and practice. Twenty-Five Buildings focusses on analysing examples using the methodology offered by Analysing Architecture, which operates primarily through the medium of drawing.
In this second edition five further buildings have been added to the original twenty from an even wider geographical area, which now includes the USA, France, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Germany, Australia, Norway, Sweden, India and Japan.
The underlying theme of Twenty-Five Buildings Every Architect Should Understand is the relationship of architecture to the human being, how it frames our lives and orchestrates our experiences; how it can help us make sense of the world and contribute to our senses of identity and place. Exploring these dimensions through a wide range of case studies that illustrate the rich diversity of twentieth and twenty-first century architecture, this book is essential reading for every architect.
'Simon Unwin's new case studies stretch his original analytical agenda beyond its more conventional architectural history and theory parameters: it broadens the topic to open up themes and concerns very immediate to current architectural debate. A must-have for all teachers of architecture and their students.' - Claude Saint-Arroman, Goldsmiths University (Research), School of Architcture, University of East London, UK
‘Twenty-Five Buildings Every Architect Should Understand illuminates a different perspective on understanding and decoding the theories and philosophies of architects through their works across the globe, signifying the regional context in the design process. This book is an exemplary contribution from Simon Unwin to the academic and practical interest of architecture.’ - T.L. Shaji, Professor, Department of Architecture, College of Engineering, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
‘Unwin’s writings and drawings harmonize so well, and treat their manifold subject with such surgical precision and care, that they enable the reader who has not visited (in most cases never will visit) these exemplary projects, to feel as though we have entered into them, and felt with our own bodies their widely diverse and often intimate choreographies.’ – Ted Landrum, Archi-Poet, University of Manitoba, Canada
'In Twenty-Five Buildings Every Architect Should Understand, which expands on the first edition Twenty Buildings, Simon Unwin continues a "go slow" approach to architectural analysis. Eschewing flashy photographs, Unwin uses the classic architectural tools of exquisitely drawn two-dimensional plans, sections, and elevations to analyze systematically each of the twenty-five buildings. A valuable work not only for students of architecture, but for anyone wanting to understand the process of creating spaces for human habitation and enjoyment.' - Marie-Alice L'Heureux, Architect, Associate Professor, University of Kansas, USA
'As with his earlier book, I do not hesitate to say that Twenty-Five Buildings Every Architect Should Understand is simply an excellent book – worthy of the bookshelves of students of architecture, practicing professionals and architecture enthusiasts, alike.' - Erick Villagomez, Spacing Magazine
Introduction Casa Del Ojo De Agua Neuendorf House Barcelona Pavilion Truss Wall House Endless House Farnsworth House La Congiunta Un Cabanon Esherick House Maison A Bordeaux Danteum Fallingwater Villa Savoye Kempsey Guest Studio Condominium One, The Sea Ranch Villa E.1027 Church of St Petri Villa Busk Villa Mairea Thermal Baths Ramesh House Bardi House Vitra Fire Station Mohrmann House Bioscleave House Endword Acknowledgements Index