restrained, forthright, material-appropriate design, balanced composition and a love of detail characterise the work of meck architekten. in this monograph of their works their rigorous approach is translated into an apparently simple concept that’s balanced internally in a very complex way: the uncut images, are alternately placed to the left or right of the layout, setting up a subtle rhythm that runs right through the book. photographs of buildings, printed against a white background, alternate with explanatory texts and drawings on grey paper – the texts having been carefully edited and adapted to the format so that they fit on one side only: this is, after all, a coffee-table book, designed for browsing. the alternation between grey and white paper, between colour and black-and-white, large and small illustrations, large body typeface and precise drawings, old and new projects is the secret choreography of the book, which – like a building – surprises its visitors with a succession of spatial sequences, perspectives and viewpoints. when everything’s perfect, though, the designer has a niggling feeling that something is missing – something out of place, asymmetrical, disruptive. to meet this need we added an external contribution, a different perspective, provided by hans hansen, master of still photography. his images illuminate prototypes and models in a uniquely distinctive way. these high-gloss pages with their focus on small, provisional details offer a contrasting element to the matte pages depicting finished buildings. a tangible, visible surprise in a book of perfect balance.
in collaboration with
anika pehl (project manager 03/20–01/21)
marcel tillmanns (project manager 09/19–02/20)
hannah witte (project manager 03/19–08/19)
univers 45 light, light italic, 55 roman, 65 bold