Dan Vlahos

Shepley Bulfinch

Architecture Books, 2011-2013

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This series of books on the projects and process of Shepley Bulfinch reflect on the character of the buildings; letting the photography and archival material tell the story with little text besides section introductions and captions. The books are inspired by the book design of the late Massimo Vignelli, especially his books for Richard Meier. The books were given to project team members, clients and used for general marketing.

The idea for the books actually came up in my initial interview with Shepley Bulfinch architects Angela Watson and Tom Kearns. I had just visited Rem Koolhaas' store for Prada in New York and picked up a copy of his process book Projects for Prada Part 1 which surprised me. Much of the photography in the book was poor or "low-res" quality and yet it worked in that the process becomes the real focus.

Another inspiration was an absolutely beautiful book I found in the Shepley Bulfinch archives; Katsura: Tradition and Creation in Japanese Architecture by Walter Gropius, Kenzo Tange and Yasuhiro Ishimoto. Herbert Bayer designed the book in 1960. The proportions are masterful and the photos are wonderfully flat, composed, graphic and moody with exquisite printing and a lovely embossed symbol on cover.

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