Update: Beginning an Architecture Library

Arkitektskolen Arhus © Andrea Fuchs

Last year, we had great feedback when we proposed the question of which books to include in an architecture library.  After spending the better half of the year in Scandinavia, I have found my architecture library to be filled with new additions.

While back in New York, I had enjoyed these firms’ work and theories, only once I took residence in Scandinavia did I feel a strong urge to  totally immerse myself in the local talent of Denmark, Sweden and Norway, educating myself as much as possible about their sensitivity toward the environment, their sophisticated aesthetics and material choices.

Now, my architecture library includes pieces about contemporary firms such as Dorte Mandrup, Cebra and JAJA, in addition to classic names of the region like Arne Jacobsen.   I’ve found myself comparing projects of larger firms – take, for instance, Snohetta and Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Henning Larsen Architects.  Plus, I’ve developed a new interest in Finnish architecture as many young firms, such as Avanto Architects, K2S Architects, Verstas, Anttinen Oiva Architects and so on, are producing dynamic work that should be better known internationally for the country’s architecture is more than just Aalto and Saarinen.

My collection also includes a great museum book from the Louisiana Art Museum in Copenhagen.  We’ve featured the exhibit, Living: Frontiers of Architecture, and the book is a great summary of the exhibit and a perfect addition to my library.

So, what new books does your architecture library hold?  Whether you need some inspiration or have some inspiration to pass along, share your thoughts with us!

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Update: Beginning an Architecture Library" 18 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=161338>
  • Jorge

    I agree with you, having a great array of books helps improve our vision and enlarge knowledge. Also is a good excuse to “travel” throughout the world without leaving your favorite seat. I love books, and the experience of learning and reading. I have a nice collection of books, always tying to find new ones in the search of expressions.
    Libraries that must be seen: Tadao Ando’s, projected and in his offices, WOW.

    • Chavo

      Although, I must say, nothing beats actual travel. I had seen the Kimbell in books and magazines, but it wasn’t until I stepped inside of it that I was able to comprehend the mastery of light. It is from our actual experience of space that we learn the most from.

  • EAB

    Studies at Aarhus 2 years ago. I miss that library immensely. Incredible content.

  • Ade

    if you can find it: Eladio Dieste: Innovation In Structural Art is a great book to have in your library.

  • http://stopthe70s.blogspot.com Nick Klaus

    I have 29 books in my “architecture library”. Not a lot, I admit, but I’m slowly starting somewhere. I decided to start by buying a sort of bulk lot via craigslist from an interior designer who was moving.
    The crown jewel as it were is a copy of the Phaidon atlas of contemporary world architecture. I highly recommend it if you have the means.