Architectural masterpieces from around the world are presented in this unique book. Of the 25, I’d only visited one in person: The TWA Flight Center in New York City; a few others viewed in pictures and videos (Sydney Opera House; Munich Olympic Stadium). Most though were new to me. Ever heard of the Gosplan Garaged in Russia? I sure hadn’t.
Each of the 25 beautiful buildings have their own two-page spread. A colorful illustration accompanies the background information on each structure. They are a quick read that will inspire readers to some day visit on their own. These true works of art could also lead to one thinking about maybe becoming an architect themselves.
A well done timeline is included in the final pages with information about the architect. It starts in 1911 with Walter Gropius’s Fargus Factory and ends in 2018 with Mariam Kamara’s Regional Market in Niger. One could even start with the timeline before diving into the rest of the book.
These amazing structures allow young readers to get a glimpse of architectural masterpieces and the people who designed them. The perfect gift for the art lover in your family.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR
Annette Roeder, born in Munich in 1968, is an author, illustrator and architect. She has been writing picture books and children’s books, as well as novels for adults for over 20 years. Her 10-book series Die Krumpflinge (‘The Crumplings’) is much loved by children aged 6+, and she won the Kalbacher Klapperschlange prize for her book Vacations in the Closet.
Pamela Baron dedicates her time to translating the world around her through art making. When she is not making watercolours do her bidding, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, nurturing her love of blowing glass, and finding weird things in vintage shops. She highly recommends that you take the time to be dazzled by the baby southern pudu – an animal so cute that it practically defies translation. Pamela happily makes her home in a breezy town just outside of San Francisco with her husband, 21 miniature fruit trees, and 64 houseplants. She shows in a variety of local galleries and holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design.
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What a beautiful book about architectural masterpieces — and they vary. Will have to look up the Nigerian marketplace. I love to see inspiring books like this for teens. I wish this had been around years ago when my grandson was in middle grade. He loved architecture and sketching buildings. He ended up in engineering, but I still see the artist in him. Thanks for sharing.