best architects 20
out now

As in previous years, the thorough documentation of the award-winners is already impressive in terms of size alone. The book presents this year’s «best architects» on a total of 416 pages. Of the many projects submitted, 70 were honoured with the label «best architects 20» and 11 were distinguished for particularly outstanding quality with the award «best architects 20 in Gold». Each winning project is illustrated and described in detail on two double-page spreads.

The «best architects 20» book also sets new design standards. The production of this publication was made possible only by the best in their field. The extreme embossing of the title was the work of extraordinary craftsmanship. Juxtaposed with the exceptionally luminous screen print, the book exudes a hard to resist magnetism. The great care taken with the sophisticated binding not only lends the spine a subtle depth, but also ensures the book behaves in a particular way when opened. A unique book that provides the award-winning projects with a worthy setting.

A homage to the craft of the architectural design process

This year's edition of the best architects publication plays with materiality, opposites and depth. The embossed title and the luminous orange screen print contrast with the stripped away spine which makes the raw craft of book art become an integral part of the book's appearance.

A novelty is the book cover which forms part of the body of the book so that it opens completely flat and discloses its contents without endpaper. This is where the play with depth begins. Semi-transparent paper, printed on both sides, offers a glimpse of several subsequent pages into the depths of the book. This produces exciting overlays and stimuli throughout the sequence of pages. A homage to the craft of the architectural design process.