Title: Will Alsop book 1
Author: Text by Kenneth Powell
Captions by Will Alsop
Will Alsop is one of the most exciting British Architects working today, responsible for such striking, often colourful, buildings as Le Grand Bleu in Marseilles, the Ferry Terminal in Hamburg, and more recently, the Stirling Prize - winning Peckham Library in South London.
This, the first of two volumes on Alsop's work, will examine not only his architecture, but also his distinctive creative process. His early training and teaching in art have profoundly marked his approach to architecture: very rare for an architect, his first development of a new project is through paintings. Yet Alsop sees architecture as a collective art involving the architect, the client and the community, not just as a form of personal artistic expression.
Beginning with Alsop's student days at the Architectural Association in London, the book traces the architect's development through study abroad, competitions, collaborations with artists and fellow architects, early projects and built works up to 1990. The book ends by looking at the early designs for the Hotel du Department des Bouches du Rhone in Marseilles (Le Grand Bleu), the project that will open the second volume.
Created in close cooperation with Will Alsop, the book is lavishly illustrated with sketches, paintings, plans and photographs from Alsop's own archives. The text by Kenneth Powell analyses the work and ideas, as well as providing a readable biographical context.
Kenneth Powell is an architectural critic and journalist based in London. His many books include monographs on the work of Norman Foster, Edward Cullinen and Richard Rogers, and he contributes to newspapers and journals around the world.
The book has 500 illustrations.
The book is in overall good condition throughout.
The book has white boards with black lettering to the spine.
The dust jacket has wear and tears along all of the edges and sunlight fading along the spine.