Who Built That? Skyscrapers: An Introduction to Skyscrapers and Their Architects (Hardcover)
Nothing in the built world captures the imagination like the skyscraper. Behind every soaring tower stands a designer with courageous vision and enough engineering know-how to pull off incredible feats of architectural derring-do. Who Built That? Skyscrapers is a colorful tour of the world's tallest buildings and the larger-than-life personalities who built them. Beginning with a brief biographical sketch of each architect, illustrator Didier Cornille imaginatively depicts the construction of eight of the world's most impressive skyscrapers. From Gustave Eiffel's Eiffel Tower (1889) in Paris and Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building (1958) in New York City to the tallest man-made structure in the world, Adrian Smith's Burj Khalifa (2010) in Dubai, this primer will introduce readers of all ages to new heights of architectural wonder.
About the Author
Didier Cornille is a designer, illustrator, and professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Le Mans, France.
"This engaging, immediate and immersive book introduces the eight men behind eight towering, sky-scraping structures.. The text is pared down to informative essentials, and it reflects a sophisticated, seamless, accessible design sensibility.... This handsome, accessible book is particularly welcome, enhancing subject diversity with its refreshing treatment, and all the more notable for its clean simplicity." - Kirkus Reviews
"Clear prose and crisply drafted illustrations, including exploded and cutaway views of some of the buildings, make this an accessible guide to a handful of remarkable buildings." - Publishers Weekly