Item description for Wiel Arets: Works and Projects by Massimo Faiferri...
At the age of 49, Wiel Arets (b. 1955) is one of Holland's leading young architects and has won an international following for his spare industrial forms and his theoretical writings. Trained at the technical University of Eindhoven, Arets often works with translucent glass, concrete, and wood to integrate compositional strategies with his interest in transparency and reducing essential space to a bare minimum. His work has been compared to the rigorous vocabulary of Dom Hans van der Laan, the monumental lyricism of Tadao Ando, and the expansive transparency of Pierre Chareau. This book surveys the Dutch architect's work by presenting 31 of his most significant buildings and projects completed since the late 1980s, including the Academy for Arts and Architecture in Maastricht (1993), the AZL Pension Fund in Heerlen (1995), high-rise apartment blocks in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and police stations in Vaals, Boxtel, and Cuijk.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 8.75" Height: 11" Weight: 3.3 lbs.
Release Date Sep 14, 2004
Publisher Phaidon Press
ISBN 1904313264 ISBN13 9781904313267
Reviews - What do customers think about Wiel Arets: Works and Projects?
A tough call, think about it Dec 28, 2006
This is not a bad book by most standards, however, I will admit there is little exciting or provocative about it. The book follows a very "safe" linear/ chronological organization that one might expect to find when reading a firm profile; however it makes for a far less thoughtful reading experience than books that have published W. Arets' ideas about architecture (which include An Alabaster Skin and Strange Bodies , I think both out of print, leaving Works, Projects, Writings as the best available book in my opinion.)
Here's the dilemma this book presents me as a reviewer. It is an educational book about W. Arets work in that it provides brief statements about each project and talks about his story in the preface; yet it is not truly educational about the complete thoughtfulness of the work. While the heavily used computer renderings in this book show what his buildings look like, they fail to capture the depth that is better communicated through analog/ hand drawings and photography of the work I've seen in other sources.
While it fringes on a three star book, in the realm of other available Arets publications, I cannot say that it a mere "C" grade in the realm of books as a wider spectrum. Therefore it is a four star book because it has value on my bookshelf; serving as a direct illumination concerning the profession's involvement with the computers (because I can compare it to the other books.) A tough call, if you had just one book to buy on Artes maybe you should pick one of the others, unless you're a prospective client or if you really don't care about reading architectural his theories.