I bought this book recently for my postgraduate architecture course (Part 2) and it was more than I could have hoped for. There are three kinds of architecture books; the type that is informative yet dry, the sexy type that sits on a coffee table, and the type that makes the subject matter informative and exciting simultaneously.
I never thought I'd get excited about architecture details; until I read this. The book is successful because it includes the development of details that Corbusier used . It highlights things that are probably only noticeable when you're actually in one of the buildings (the way the windows open, the door handles, the quirky little tactile details that make a building into an experience).
Basically it's like going on a tour around some Le Corb buildings with an enthusiast who knows every nook and cranny of the building and points out a detail and then tells it's story.
I think it's a good purchase for an architecture student (it was handed around with much interest in the studio) or for an architect. It's not too heavily opinionated, it's more of a curated collection of details that reveal the architects intent. It made me rethink the image I had of Le Corb from the minimalist and bare photos that are so commonly found of his work, this shows the more human, touchable qualities, that alone, are delightful.
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