10 critics, 100 architects

A kaleidoscopic view of the work of 100 contemporary architects.

Conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors


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10 x 10 is a kaleidoscopic view of new architecture in the world today. 100 emerging architects have been selected by 10 leading international architecture curators and critics. Each critic has also selected and listed 10 cultural references - including designed objects, books, films, themes, and movements - to reveal a dynamic range of influences in today's design environment.

The book is unique in architectural publishing and provides a truly global view of the most imaginative and important architects not only of today but also of the future. This monumental book is itself architecturally designed, with a plastic lenticular three-dimensional cover and an innovative shifting grid page design, which packs in over 1,500 striking images in 468 pages. The absorbing tome is presented alphabetically by architect in a dynamically direct A-Z format that results in arresting sequences with the turn of each page, making 10 x 10 an invigorating examination of contemporary architecture and culture.

The book features over 250 buildings and projects dating from 1990 to the present. These consist of recently-built works, as well as projects currently under construction. 10 x 10 journeys around the globe from multi-million dollar schemes such as the Yokohama International Port Terminal in Japan by Foreign Office Architects; through projects such as the tiny timber summer house in Risør, Norway designed by Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk; to the digital world of the Guggenheim Virtual Museum by Asymptote Architecture.

From traditional to conceptual, this book mirrors the immensely diverse factors that form and fuel architectural practice and experimentation, to illustrate the most innovative responses to changing technologies and social conditions. Encompassing environmental, industrial, urban, technological, and virtual dimensions, 10 x 10 showcases an abundance of homes, workplaces, religious centres, and places of entertainment.

This is a vigorous battlefield of architectural ideas: each critic has been specially commissioned to write an essay supporting their selection of architects, in some cases challenging the selections of other critics, and also giving their own view on contemporary trends in architecture.

10 x 10 is not only an essential source book, but the ultimate design object celebrating the architectural future.


Format: Paperback
Size: 297 x 297 mm (11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in)
Pages: 468 pp
Illustrations: 1500 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714843797

10 critics

Haig Beck & Jackie Cooper are the editors of UME, an international architectural magazine based in Melbourne.

Aaron Betsky is Curator of Architecture, Design and Digital Projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Roger Connah is a writer and film-maker who teaches at the Royal School of Stockholm. He is based in Wales and Sweden.

Kristin Feireiss is Director of the Netherlands Institute of Architecture in Rotterdam.

Jorge Glusberg is Director of the National Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires.

Tom Heneghan is an architect based in Tokyo.

Moshen Mostavi is Chairman of the Architectural Association School in London.

Terence Riley is Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Jaime Salazar is co-editor of Quaderns architectural journal, Barcelona.

Neil Spiller is Senior Lecturer at Bartlett School of Architecture, London.

100 Architects

Abalos + Herreros; Atelier Hitoshi Abe; Marcos Acayaba; ACTAR Arquitectura; Aja Espil Cobelo; Allen + Smout; Allford Hall Monaghan Morris; AMP Arquitectos; Anamorphosis; Andresen O'Gorman; Jun Aoki; ARRAK; Ashton Raggatt McDougall; Asymptote Architecture; Cecil Balmond; Shigeru Ban; Barkow Leibinger Architekten; Baumschlager Eberle; Michael Bell; Gautam Bhatia/Architecture Alliance; De Blacam + Meagher; Will Bruder; Caruso St John; Kees Christiaanse; Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture; Preston Scott Cohen; D'ECOi; Neil M Denari Architects; Denton Corker Marshall; Donovan Hill; Winka Dubbeldam/Archi-Tectonics; Dunne + Raby; Shin Egashira; Erick van Egeraat; Engelen Moore; Faivre-Román; Wolfgang Feyferlik; Foreign Office Architects; GDSI Arquitectura; Xaveer de Geyter; Gigon/Guyer; Giraudi + Wettstein; Christian de Groote; Vicente Guallart; Hodgetts + Fung; Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk; Alberto Kalach; Glenda Kapstein Lomboy; Kennedy Violich Architecture; Mathias Klotz; Koning Eizenberg; Kengo Kuma; Lab; Lacaton Vassal; Leeser Architecture; Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten; Duncan Lewis; Greg Lynn/FORM; Michael Maltzan; Peter Märkli; Meili + Peter; Mikko Metsähonkala/Quad; Willy Müller + THB Consulting; MVRDV; Hiroshi Nakao; Neutelings/Riedijk; Ben Nicholson; Njiric + Njiric; Jo Noero; Marcos Novak; NOX; OCEAN; Shinichi Ogawa; One Architecture; Eeva Pelkonen + Turner Brooks; Périphériques; Porras + La Casta; Rob Wellington Quigley; Kevin Rhowbotham; Riegler Riewe; Robbrecht + Daem; Enric Ruiz-Geli/Cloud 9; Sanaksenaho Architects; Sauerbruch Hutton; Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA; Smith-Miller + Hawkinson; Soriano + Asociados; Souto Moura Arquitectos; Billy Springall + Miguel Angel Lira; James Sterling; Stutchbury Pape; Jyrki Tasa; TEN Arquitectos; 24/seven: Zoe Smith + Graeme Williamson; UN Studio Van Berkel + Bos; West 8; Sarah Wigglesworth + Jeremy Till; Anders Wilhelmson; Wood/Marsh; Riken Yamamoto + Field Shop.

'Extraordinary...Intended as an ideas resource for those directly involved in architecture, it is also a joy to the eye for anyone - a perfect present.' (The Good Book Guide)
'One of the most important architectural landmarks of the new millennium: the publication of 10 x 10.' (Architectural and Interior Specifier)
'Where is architecture about to take the world? Quite a long way if a landmark Phaidon Press publication is any guide, and it should be. There's never been anything like it.' (The Australian)
'The 'floor plan' layout presents stunning visual references which inspire the reader to take the visual journey through to the practice descriptions, essays and cultural references…10 x 10 truly delivers the promised global overview of contemporary architecture.' (baseline)
'Both contemporary and historical…what stands out is the vivid photography of the buildings in question. You're instantly transported into the architect's world with a sense of wonderment and escapism…an exceptional modern design statement.' (T3)
'An essential overview of the contemporary scene.' (Wallpaper*)
'10 x 10 proves that the world's architects are in rude health…an awesome global guide.' (The Times)
'Want to know where architecture's at right now? It's here.' (Guardian)
'Gorgeous, desirable, massive.' (Building Design)

'The essential book…for every architect, interior designer, student and teacher in the field. It will appeal to stylists, graphic designers, artists, web designers and cultural commentators.' (Building Engineer)
'A 468-page head expander…A super-informative exhibition in a book.' (i-D)
'If you can stand the weight, lie back and enjoy it.' (Hugh Pearman, World of Interiors)

'10 x 10 is unchallenged as the architecture book of the year.' (Washington Post)

'The more you look, the more you find: 10 x 10 showcases the sly wit, depth and thought in the people behind today's best buildings.' (HQ, Australia)

'It buzzes before the eyes.' (The New York Times)

'Extraordinary... Intended as an ideas resource for those directly involved in architecture, it is also a joy to the eye for anyone - a perfect present.' (The Good Book Guide)
The 'floor plan' layout presents stunning visual references which inspire the reader to take the visual journey through to the practice descriptions, essays and cultural references… 10 x 10 truly delivers the promised global overview of contemporary architecture.' (baseline)
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