Architectural Excellence: 500 Iconic Buildings


  • By Paul Cattermole and Gwyn Headley
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd (12 September 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554073588
  • ISBN-13: 9781554073580
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 4.4 x 30.5 cm

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A magnificent collection of the world’s greatest buildings, ancient and modern.

Architectural Excellence is organized chronologically and serves as a visual lesson in architecture through the ages. The buildings featured come from all over the world and include centers of worship, public buildings, places of business and homes. Each building includes a photograph, with a double-page spread for the top 50 selections. Captions provide specifications and brief histories.

Beginning with a prehistoric cave dwelling in Turkey and continuing to the 21st century, this magnificent book shows buildings that reflect human imagination, engineering skill and determination. Many are familiar-the Parthenon, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Grand Central Station. Others are equally significant but lesser known.

Examples include:

  • Great Stupa in Sanchi, India, c. 200 BC, Buddhist
  • Caernarfon Castle in Wales, 1339, Medieval
  • Novodevichi Convent in Moscow, c. 1500, Byzantine /Kievan
  • Zwinger Palace in Dresden, 1722, Rococo
  • Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario, 1837, Victorian military
  • The Monadnock Building in Chicago, 1891, Richardsonian
  • Courts of Justice in Chandigarh, India, 1956, Modernist
  • Price House in Corona de Mar, California, 1989, Organic
  • Maison Hermes, Flagship Store in Tokyo, 2001, High-tech.

Tremendous in its scope, Architectural Excellence is an unmatched resource for architecture professionals and general readers

About the Author

Paul Cattermole is an architectural writer based in London whose books include Bizarre Buildings.