‘Build On’ by Gestalten

A few weeks ago (I know, I’ve been behind on my book posts!) I was also sent a new book from my favorite publisher Gestalten called Build On. I had seen the book in one of their email blasts and asked if they’d send me one (and they did) and it’s as rad as I thought it would be.

The book is about transformative and converted architecture, taking an existing building and modifying it in some way. Take for example the Selexzy + Dominicanen Bookstore by Merkx + Girod Architects, which graces the front of the book (and which I posted about back in 2007). The structure itself is a thirteenth century church which had a giant, steel, three story bookstore put inside of it. To me it looks like it absolutely fits in the space, makes full use of it’s vertical space and lets you see the ancient friezes that line the ceilings.

They’ve split the book into three sections; As Found, Insideout and Change Clothes. The first is about using the existing structures and transforming them into spaces that make sense for people of today. Insideout is about adding onto buildings in unique ways that fully merge the old buildings with their contemporary additions, adding to the buildings built-in characteristics. The final chapter is Change Clothes which is about changing one entire aspect of a space drastically, take for example the High Line in New York.

When I first got this book I poured over all of the projects. I’ve seen a few of these online, but I’d say that 90% of these I had never seen before, so it was quite a treat. Build On totally makes me want to move to some tiny nordic town and create my own little paradise in a 300 year old building.

Click here to grab yourself a copy.


3 Comments ‘Build On’ by Gestalten

  1. very February 22, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    Looks very interesting book, definitely going to buy this one. Thanks for sharing. Wish publishers would send me free copies of books too! :)

  2. Chipotle February 22, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    This kind of projects are the ones that interest me the most, unfortunally I never been part of one, eventhough my master degree is about that, re-use of old buldings and bring them to the presente, I even have a couple of books like this one. Like Very said, if they send you a spare copy I gradly sacrifice myself if you want to share it.

    P.S. I started to belive that there’s a potencial architect on you Mr. Solomon, am I wrong?

  3. KT March 7, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    This is going on my Amazon wish list. Great find!

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