The Swedish architectural firm White arkitekter is one of the pioneers of green building design. The ten projects featured in this book document the firm’s approach to and concern for nature, analyse their implementation and consider how successful the results have been in practice. The cover is divided in two, with the top half green and the bottom half white, a division that runs throughout the book and which reflects the close balance between man-made architecture and nature. Cover two does not have a title or any lettering at all, instead conveying the name and content of the book via colours. Underlining the light footprint of these buildings, the contents pages show the sites without any visible structures. The same pictures are repeated later in the book in connection with the actual documentation showing the completed buildings, thus making clear how carefully these structures have been fitted into the landscapes. The top half of the pages tells the story of each architectural project, the bottom half shows drawings, models and plans.
Designpreis Deutschland 2013, German Design Council
American Institute of Graphic Arts, NY, AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers of 2010, Annual Design Competitions, Juror Notes: Who uses that color of green? And then prints four-color on it? So perfect and unexpected. The balance of 50/50 works so well with the colors and type design. The paper stock really enhances the quality.
Red Dot Design Award, Best of the Best 2011, Germany, Statement by the jury: This book embodies a subtle yet highly accurate design implementation based on a sophisticated concept. The way the paper and alternating colours are used in the design follows an unusual path. The visual language consists of documentary photography and therefore is highly consistent.