Founded in 1948, Hirmer Publishers soon established a name for art books produced to the highest standards. Over the past decade they have become equally well-known in English-speaking countries, with a reputation as one of the most prestigious publishers in this field. This survey of English titles from 2010 to 2020 encompasses a wealth of subjects across the centuries, from antiquity to the modern age.
The reconstructed Berlin Palace in the heart of the German capital is both a monument of Baroque architecture and a vital new cultural building in the city. The art history, architecture and sculpture of the palace’s masterful façades by Andreas Schlüter are brought to life here in words and pictures.
This magnificent book sheds new light on the celebration and uses of marble in art and literature and on the iconic potential of the stone. With 240 color illustrations, it showcases the marble cladding of architecture, the carving of marble and painting on stone, their political and philosophical connotations, and the de- and re-materialising of marble made possible by digital technology.
In Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s villas such as Haus Lange in Krefeld the sculptures by Lehmbruck and Kolbe function both as independent artworks and also as elements of an organism made up of space, light, material, water and plants. The publication traces the interaction between the three outstanding modernist artists and the interrelationship between sculpture, architecture and nature.
The book presents the installation artist Markus Heinsdorff’s continuing study of the topics of space, the forces of nature and upcycling by means of over 40 works. The overview is completed by text contributions by famous authors who interpret Heinsdorff’s international creative works from a variety of perspectives.
Over one hundred years ago, Adolf Loos had already complained: “The architect has caused architecture to sink to a graphic art.” He was pointing to a problem that had gone unnoticed for centuries. But today, in the age of digitalization, the separation between design and building practice that Loos had lamented is expanding immeasurably.
Approaches to a multi-scale documentation and analysis of transformations
Singapore is rejuvenating and transforming her building stock constantly and in comparatively short cycles. The book analyses these transformations of the global city and shows documents, plans and sources dating from the past two centuries.
Hin Bredendieck (1904–1995) graduated from the Bauhaus and was a versatile designer and pioneering teacher of design. His outstanding œuvre and his worldwide network testify to the international significance of his work and ideas. This lavishly illustrated, high quality monograph introduces in detail the life and work of Hin Bredendieck.
Hopetoun House, on the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh, is the seat of the Marquess of Linlithgow. The lavishly illustrated book presents the architecture (initially designed by Sir William Bruce in the 1690s and greatly extended by William Adam and his sons from the 1720s), sumptuously decorated rooms and art collection, as well as the landscape and gardens.
The whole world a Bauhaus? The publication accompanying the worldwide exhibition series takes the quotation of the former Bauhaus student and subsequent university teacher Fritz Kuhr as a starting point for reflections on the Bauhaus not only as a school in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin, but also in order to focus on the parallel Modernist movements in non-European regions.
Hans Kollhoff on Oswald Mathias, Tom Emerson on Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Donatella Fioretti on Walter Gropius – these are just three of the fascinating pairs. In this compilation of conversations and essays, architects speak about architects and present the reader with a wide-ranging insight into the architecture of the present day and of previous generations.
At a time when extreme climatic phenomena, air quality, and industrial impact are among the most pressing issues on the public agenda, the dramatic change in the climate has led to the realization that capitalism has a destructive effect on the environment. Our lifestyle must be reevaluated in order to positively impact both present and future.
The ensemble with its prominent twin towers that Egon Eiermann (1904–1970) built in Frankfurt am Main for the Italian office machinery company Olivetti, was the Karlsruhe architect’s last major project. His priorities lay in the slender form, derived from the task, the construction and the material to create a characteristic silhouette.
Photography of Architecture after the Digital Turn
How do digital photography and Photoshop influence the representation of architecture? “Fiction & Fabrication” assembles fascinating contemporary photographic works from all over the world. From fictional constructions to real buildings which sometimes seem more fantastic than fiction, the works show an impressive portrait of contemporary architecture and the urban landscape that surrounds us.
Qatari Style investigates the architectural identity of Qatar, which celebrates the warmth and hospitality of the Middle East. The selected interiors are pioneering examples of how new and foreign influences can be absorbed harmoniously into the local architecture and culture whilst retaining the traditional charm.
The Expressionist Heritage in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia
The Architecture of Expressionism is the upheaval of architecture in the roaring twenties – with regionally different emphases, schools and protagonists. The series’ third volume documents all surviving buildings in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The shared heritage of this important European region is presented in a fascinating rediscovery.
"Yigal Gawze’s photographs capture the abstraction, the simplicity and the optimism of early modernism in Tel Aviv. He distils the essence of the Bauhaus to bring it alive in a modern city and concentrates on the subtle effects of natural light upon architecture, a technique that the masters of the modern movement themselves applauded." Nonie Niesewand, design editor & author
Architecture and Photography — Amazement as Visual Culture
Assembling buildings designed by modern star architects from Tadao Andō to Peter Zumthor, this photography book is a total-work-of-art: its felicitous interplay of brilliant architectural photography, exquisite book design, and texts approaching the subject from the angle of the history of thought places Marcel Chassot’s imagery within European cultural history.
How do we want to live? How shall we build? Where can we find ideas for the houses and cities of the future? Niklas Maak and Johanna Diehl focus their attention on these highly topical questions in their joint project “Eurotopians”. In times of change this volume casts its backward gaze on the work of European utopians in order to find visions for the present.
The past decade was characterised by a real museum boom which persists today. Throughout the world museums have been built that are as unique as the art they contain, and the process continues. This volume assembles approximately 15 of these museums, designed and realised by the who’s who of the architect scene.
Natural disasters and their consequences dominate the news almost on a daily basis. Quick-impact preventive and aid measures are essential for the victims to survive. This volume presents a selection of projects which demonstrate impressively how both cutting-edge technology and locally available materials and resources can be used for this purpose.
Werner Graeff – painter, graphic artist, typographer, photographer and sculptor – is an important Bauhaus artist and a significant representative of Constructivism in Germany. Prompted by his friend Mies van der Rohe he wrote his moving autobiography “Hürdenlauf durch das 20. Jahrhundert” (The Obstacle Race of the 20th century), which this volume publishes for the first time with a representative selection of texts.
In the 1990s the landscape architect Peter Latz and his team developed a park beyond all fashions and trends. This volume provides insights into twelve years of planning and realisation through photographs, sketches, plans and explanations, and reveals to the reader the fascinating world that follows the industry.
Expressionist Heritage of the Rhine-Ruhr Region2nd Revised Edition
The architecture of Expressionism marks the starting point of the discipline into the Golden Twenties - also in the urban cityscape of the metropolises of the Rhine-Ruhr region. This volume documents for the first time in a complete overview all the buildings in the region which still exist and shows a completely new perspective on a familiar region - a fascinating rediscovery in terms of sheer volume.
A Concert Project by Daniel Libeskind and the Alte Oper Frankfurt
Daniel Libeskind likes to re-define spaces and to disrupt thought patterns – and at the same time he cherishes a great love of music. Reason enough for the Alte Oper Frankfurt to invite the architect and town planner to think freely about the performance of music and concerts. The result is a concert project which will make the entire city echo with the sounds of music for an entire weekend.
Fresh from their success with "Modernism London Style", hailed by The Financial Times on 29.6.13 as 'this gorgeous photographic survey', photographer Niels Lehmann and editor Christoph Rauhut present their latest exciting project. "Fragments of Metropolis" documents all the remaining Expressionist buildings in Berlin, arguably the movement’s most important architectural centre.
Architecture and Art of the University of KonstanzEnglische Ausgabe
The University of Konstanz is an impressive monument to the fusion of art and architecture on the campus. It is a finely constructed example of the reform movement in tertiary education in the post-war era. To mark the 50th anniversary of this successful university, the architecture and building art are presented in text and large-format, contemporary photographs.
Russian engineer Vladimir Shukhov (1853-1939) is known for inventions and engineering challenges that were ahead of his time such as the construction of the first Russian oil-pipeline and the invention of oil-cracking. Shukhovs pioneering structural works, such as hanging roofs and hyperbolic lattice towers, relate to the most cited examples of advanced engineering design from the turn of the 20th century.
Roland Fischer’s “Façades” are spectacular photographic pictures: a visual grammar of architectural structures, an alphabet of abstract forms full of art-historical references. Roland Fischer (b. 1958), whose work is exhibited worldwide in important museums, lives and works in Munich and Beijing.
Andreas Schlüter (1659-1714) was the most important Baroque sculptor and architect in Northern Europe. Around 1700, he transformed Berlin into a modern residential
city. This city guide follows his steps and serves as an ideal companion for the interested visitor wishing to explore Berlin's architecture in relation to Schlüter's famous works.
Wuhan is considered the engineering centre of China. Its 10 million inhabitants enjoy impressive buildings in an area famous for the massive Three Gorges Dam development. Wuhan’s other ambitious projects include power plants, tunnels and bridges, playing an important role in projecting China’s ideas on its identity and power.
»Modernism London Style« chronicles the creativity of the architects and designers of the period, as well as the currents in the city’s culture that helped shape their work. Architecture scholar Adam Caruso sheds light on the key features of the Art Deco style and architectural historian Christoph Rauhut and photographer Niels Lehmann capture the architectural Art Deco heritage of London in a photographic tour.
Franz Mayer of Munich is one of the world’s foremost studios for mosaics and stained glass. Founded in 1847, it is dedicated to the restoration of historic works, as well as the execution of contemporary projects for artists and architecture from around the world. It is justly known for its commitment to maintaining the highest standards of quality.
Multimedia artist Clifford Ross looks beyond the natural world to uncover a world bound only by the imagination, much like in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. Images are reversed and landscapes reimagined. Ross uses old and new methods to produce exceptionally beautiful and radically redesigned conceptions of reality, presenting his own digital vision.
When Frederick the Great (1712–1786) ascended the throne of Prussia, Potsdam was a small provincial town. By the end of his reign, it had become one of the most beautiful German royal residences. This book, produced on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Frederick the Great, shows the city’s rapid rise and the special relationship between the king and Potsdam.
Methods of construction were as eclectic as architectural style in the 19th century. This book focusses on the realisation of architecturural projects at the time, their structure, building method and construction theory.
21 Beiträge namhafter Experten behandeln die Genese des Raumtyps Galerie und dessen Funktionen ebenso wie literarische und bildliche Galeriedarstellungen. Anhand von Beispielen aus ganz Europa aus dem Zeitraum 1400 –1800 werden nationale Bau- und Ausstattungstraditionen sowie deren Wechselwirkungen aufgezeigt.
After many years of planning, a visionary and attention-grabbing building has taken shape in Munich in the form of the Oskar von Miller Forum. The centre was designed by the well-known architectural office Herzog + Partner for international encounters between students of the architectural departments at Munich’s Technical University. An important aspect of the building is sustainability.
Important artists of Hungarian Classical Modernism lived and worked temporarily on the banks of the Spree and were present in the Berlin avant-garde. The publication presents a brilliant overview of the close links between the culture of the Weimar Republic and the creative forces of Hungary, which ended with the seizure of power by the National Socialists.
The architect Herman Hertzberger (*1932) is the most important representative of Dutch Structuralism. This movement, which emerged in 1960, is highly regarded in modern architecture and takes as its starting point an archetypal behaviour of humankind. Consequently, buildings must satisfy both the individual and the social needs of those who use them: architecture must be “inviting”.
The Olympiapark in Munich is one of the most famous projects of the landscape architect Günther Grzimek (1915–1996), yet his entire oeuvre has proved to be pioneering and timeless. He advocated for a new form of urban green space in Germany, a “demokratisches Grün” (democratic green space), while also campaigning for practice-oriented training in landscape architecture.
"Land Art of the 21st Century" explores how innovation and creativity are contributing to the sustainable infrastructures that will bring human culture into harmony with the Earth’s natural systems. The canvas is Fly Ranch, Nevada. The medium is regenerative technology. The results are a glimpse into the near future of our sustainable landscapes.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is one of the outstanding representatives of the New Building. He achieved legendary fame as the director of the Bauhaus in Berlin and as a teacher at the IIT in Chicago. The pavilion built at the World Exhibition in Barcelona in 1929 and the Haus Tugendhat in Brno, completed one year later, became incunabula of Modernism.
Hans Döllgast - Karljosef Schattner - Josef Wiedemann
The “creative reconstruction” of damaged buildings was an important topic in architecture after the Second World War, particularly in Bavaria. The Munich architect Hans Döllgast (1891–1974) was one of the pioneers of this development. His most important achievements include the repairs to the Alte Pinakothek, the Basilica of St. Bonifaz and the main municipal cemeteries.
The Venetian artist Carlo Scarpa (1906‒1978) was one of the outstanding architects of the twentieth century – and at the same time a convinced lone wolf who saw his discipline as a form of art based on craftsmanship. In addition to buildings for museums in Venice, Florence and Verona his principal works also include the tomb of the businessman Giuseppe Brion in San Vito d’Altivole (Treviso).
The mastermind behind what he termed beautiful and functional »machines for living« Le Corbusier has long been recognised as one of the foremost figures in the international style of architecture. Yet, beginning in the 1940s, the famed architect and urbanist increasingly took modernism in a new direction that has until now been insufficiently considered – and little understood.