Why a particular building, and not another? Who decided which structures should be included? The process was carried out through a very rigorous selection from a panel of expert advisors and specialists in each region of the world.
This book will take you to Japan, with the largest number of architects per capita, where you will admire the work of Tadao Ando, Fumihiko Maki and Toyo Ito. Or to Europe, particularly Switzerland to view the work of Peter Zumthor and Herzog & De Meuron, or the Netherlands, with the third-largest number of architects per inhabitant after Japan and Switzerland.
We’ll finish this tour with another game: think of places where you have traveled since the year 2000, and see if you visited the area’s most emblematic buildings. Six geographic regions, 89 countries, 1,037 buildings; 653 architects in 800 pages: this is Phaidon’s Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture. ■