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The Scottish Parliament (Art Spaces) [Paperback]

Charles Jencks
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15 Mar 2005 Art Spaces
There are two kinds of great public buildings: those like the Guggenheim in Bilbao which are loved as soon as their construction is finished; and those, like the Eiffel Tower, which are hated momentarily before they are loved. Because great architecture inspires emotion, there is little middle ground, and many fine buildings have been cancelled in their conception because a client has lost his nerve or the press has mounted a campaign to stop construction. In the new Scottish Parliament, a risk-taking politician and the leading client, Donald Dewar, held his nerve; and the architect, Enric Miralles, took as many design risks as he could. The result is one of the most interesting, vilified, costly and marvellous buildings of our time. Charles Jencks gives a fascinating account of this fascinating building and with superb photography and a stylish format, this is a great addition to Scala's prestigious architectural series.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Scala Publishers Ltd (15 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857593790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857593792
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 16.4 x 12.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,151,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Size does matter 9 May 2010
By John K
Not a bad book and it's hard to criticise the author for devoting a lot of space to the outstanding leaf-shaped roof sections, but I would have liked to see a bit more attention to the facades. I was disappointed when the book arrived to see that it is tiny. Nobody tried to hide the fact - the description clearly says that it is 16cm x 11cm and I should have looked more carefully before buying - but an architectural picture book really needs larger pictures than this page size allows to let the full effect of such stunning design stand out.
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