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3.0 out of 5 stars Lovingly produced, but all a bit on the large side, 16 July 2009
This review is from: Valerio Olgiati (Paperback)
This monograph has been printed on matt heavyweight paper / card and bound by folding, not stitching. It is quite a tome, tipping the scales at about 3KG, and carries gravitas in its own right as a book even before you open it.

My criticism would be the layout. The plans / sections / elevations are all a little on the large side for the amount of detail in the drawings. There is no scale label on the plans, and no north arrows or section cut lines. Whilst we all understand Olgiati's interest in abstraction and minimalism, it seems unnecessary to draw a plan at, say, roughly 1:50, when it carries the detail of a 1:200 drawing. It's effectively a 1:200 drawing blown up 4 times.

Another gripe is the way the supporting text is laid out, as a continuous band of overly large and overly spaced (particularly horizontal spacing) which forms the bottom 6 or so centimetres of the 30 cm high page. You get about 50 words on a page before its time to turn to the next page, through the 190pp of the book. You can deduct from those numbers, that there's not a lot of text in here, certainly nowhere near as much as I would expect from a monograph of an architect's work to date.

Despite these criticisms, the overall book demonstrates quality and care that you would associate with Olgiati. The photographic images of the built work are particularly effective reproduced on the heavyweight card. For those of you still looking for this book and unwilling to pay the absurdly high prices quoted on here, I bought this a week ago at the AA Bookshop in London on Bedford Square, and they still have a number of copies remaining. Get down there and snap one up - as like the majority of works by Swiss Architects, the print run is finite and the English version is already in short supply.
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