World Architecture: The Masterworks
What makes a great building? This is a question that has preoccupied architects, critics and travellers alike for centuries. Despite the rich variety of buildings around the world, from both Eastern and Western traditions, no popular, fully illustrated, specially photographed survey of the 'greats' has been attempted. Until now." "This unparalleled architectural gift and reference book unveils a world of beauty and genius. Over 350 photographs take the reader on an epic journey celebrating the finest examples of architecture from over 2000 years of civilization, with such highlights as Hagia Sophia; the Gothic and Renaissance cathedrals of Europe; the Islamic masterworks at Isfahan in Iran; the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal; the Houses of Parliament in London; Le Corbusier's chapel of Notre Dame du Haut at Ronch& and Gehry's iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Deftly splitting the history of architecture into two parts at AD 1500, World Architecture features over 80 buildings, over 40 of which receive in-depth attention in detailed photo essays. Will Pryce's accompanying texts provide an extra dimension of understanding for the contexts, peoples and evolution of architectural history." "For those with an appreciation of architecture, its crowning achievements and its ability to make one inspired, awestruck, or simply humbled, this book - the only one of its kind to contain worldwide photography - conveys all the wonder and excitement of encountering these majestic buildings for the first time. It will fascinate and enchant for many years to come.