Architecture in Switzerland (Taschen)
~ 24 June 2008 ~
Architecture in Switzerland is a stunning collection of inspiring photographs, complemented by commentary from author Philip Jodidio. Published by Taschen, this book is one of several titles of its kind, and it was gifted to me for Father’s Day.
The commentary on each building is brief and appears in English, German, and French. I just love this quote, speaking of architect Mario Botta’s “Tour de Moron”:
There is an intentional contrast with the natural setting here, as Botta says: ‘In these mountains above the sweeping plateau, the helical tower — like an arrow driven into the terrain — comes across as an unexpected and somehow disquieting sign. Tourists and wayfarers seeking idyllic landscapes are thus drawn into the reality of austere, authentic beauty that can be found only in a place where, alongside nature, the mark of humanity is also visible.’
A few spreads from the book (click for larger photos at Flickr):
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