Some highlights from XS Extreme, a book showcasing perception-defying architecture, from the wilds of Chile to, er, Lincolnshire
Small can be beautiful. That’s the overwhelming impression you get from XS Extreme, a new book collating some of the most creative and exhilarating smaller projects around the world.
Although some well-known architects feature – including Herzog & de Meuron and Snøhetta – it is mostly the work of smaller, emerging practices like Fernando Romero and McChesney Architects. As well as McChesney, British firms Gollifer Langston, Atelier One, Charlie Whinney and Jack Woolley are among those with buildings profiled.
The book is the third in a series, and looks at architects who either build in extreme places or create extreme buildings. Author Phyllis Richardson describes them as architects who “stretch definitions, perceptions and expectations, as well as, in a more literal sense, material performance, site specificity and/or function”.
The selection shows some of the highlights of a book that could almost be used as a catalogue of exciting designers of the 21st century.
Andreas Wenning (Baumraum)
Herzog & de Meuron
Jinhua Architecture Park, China
Robbrecht & Daem
XS Extreme: Big Ideas, Small Buildings by Phyllis Richardson
Published by Thames & Hudson, £14.95