Bizarre Buildings
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Bizarre Buildings

by Paul Cattermole
     
 

A well-illustrated survey of some of the world's most extreme and sometimes weird buildings and structures. Some are personal expressions and follies, others are innovative and iconic masterpieces by architects, all are intriguing.
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A well-illustrated survey of some of the world's most extreme and sometimes weird buildings and structures. Some are personal expressions and follies, others are innovative and iconic masterpieces by architects, all are intriguing.

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American Profile - Neil Pond
You'll find it hard to believe your eyes as you browse through these full-color, large-format photos of unusual, eccentric and outright odd homes, churches, castles, museums, opera houses and other structures that defy the imagination. If you ever get bored of your four ordinary-looking walls, Bizarre Buildings brings dozens of the world's most unique architectural offerings to your coffee table.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554073085
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/14/2007
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Cattermole is the former creative director of a specialist architectural picture library and an architectural writer based in London. His most recent work is Buildings for Tomorrow: Architecture That Changed Our World.

Gwyn Headley is the founder of the Folly Fellowship, a society dedicated to extreme buildings of architectural interest, and the author of Architectural Follies in America.

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Introduction
The Odd, The Eccentric and The Extravagant

This is a book of outrageous oddities and extravagant exceptions, of buildings that brazenly invite the prefix of "bizarre." But for these sensational structures to be considered "exceptions to the rule" there must be rules to begin with. Few creative disciplines are fonder of formulating rules than architecture, that aristocrat of the applied arts, whose practitioners have spent centuries literally drawing up the fabric of our urban world. These rules come in many forms, permeating every level of the profession, from the mundane building regulations to the highbrow minefield that is the "ism." Constructivism, brutalism, expressionism, postmodernism -- the proliferation of schools of architectural thought throughout the 20th century has left a rich legacy of buildings, but without always leaving the layman with any easy explanation as to their underlying rationale. This is modern architecture's Achilles' heel, the veil of elitism that can so easily prevent those outside of the profession from being able to relate to the buildings that surround them. Great architecture has the power to excite and engage all who come into contact with it, inviting the viewer to offer his or her own interpretation and judgment. The stories behind a building, the hidden narratives of architecture, need to be shared.

This is not intended as a scholarly survey into every intricacy of architectural thought but as a visual primer, an accessible introduction to the wild side of a discipline that has the power to change the way we live but can all too often be content to followa path well-trod. This is a collection of projects that dared to be different, instead of follow the herd. They are not drawn together by a unified movement, a convenient "ism" with which to be pigeonholed. They are themselves. Put simply, they are "bizarre buildings."

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