50 Architects 50 Buildings, is a collection of inspirational buildings chosen by leading contemporary architects. Published in conjunction with the Twentieth Century Society and edited by Pamela Buxton, with photographs by Ed Tyler and Gareth Gardner.
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And an eloquent review from RIBA Journal:
Contemporary architects were invited by journalist Pamela Buxton to choose a building that inspired them and then whisked over there with a photographer – Ed Tyler or Gareth Gardner – and Buxton herself to draw out their thoughts and turn musings into readable and fascinating copy. It is a document of our time and of the 20th century buildings that have inspired a generation of architects.
As published, with the support of the Twentieth Century Society, the book homes in on the buildings chosen from the last century. From the leading lights of architecture now come selections of the most telling of the canon, of course Le Corbusier is in there (Unité d’Habitation and Ronchamp), Aalto (Maison Louis Carré) and Eames (Case Study House #8). It also hints at the less overworked canon of UK architecture that can sometimes be neglected, not just Lutyens – although Castle Drogo’s name gives away that it is the least 20th century of the buildings in the book – but also Chamberlin Powell & Bon, Stirling & Gowan, Foster and Hopkins. But you won’t know every building in this book as it also throws in less predictable projects like Otto Wagner’s rich Steinhof Church and Lucy the Elephant in New Jersey.
The architects who have chosen the buildings are a cross section of the most interesting and active on the architecture scene in the last decade. Most are UK-based and more specifically practising in London, though building far more widely. The buildings they have selected however represent the very international and particularly European nature of architecture, of travels in Italy, inspiration in Utrecht, lessons from Germany. A week after the UK voted to leave the EU, it seems a perfect time for the cultural assets we share as a whole continent to be acknowledged. Long may they prosper.