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Santiago Calatrava, IM Pei and Zaha Hadid all feature in Atlas travel edition
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Santiago Calatrava, Liège Guillemins TGV Station, Liège, Belgium

1 / 11 Santiago Calatrava, Liège Guillemins TGV Station, Liège, Belgium

Souto Moura - Arquitectos, Paula Rego Museum, Casais, Portugal

2 / 11 Souto Moura - Arquitectos, Paula Rego Museum, Casais, Portugal

I. M. Pei, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar

3 / 11 I. M. Pei, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar

Eisenman Architects, Galicia City of Culture, Santiago de Compestela, Spain

4 / 11 Eisenman Architects, Galicia City of Culture, Santiago de Compestela, Spain

Zaha Hadid Architects, Guangshou Opera House, Guangzhou, China

5 / 11 Zaha Hadid Architects, Guangshou Opera House, Guangzhou, China

Woods Bagot & NH Architecture, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia

6 / 11 Woods Bagot & NH Architecture, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Li Xiaodong Atelier, Bridge School, Fuijan, China

7 / 11 Li Xiaodong Atelier, Bridge School, Fuijan, China

Chaki Arai, Ofunati Civic Cultural Centre and Library, Ofunato, Japan

8 / 11 Chaki Arai, Ofunati Civic Cultural Centre and Library, Ofunato, Japan

Amateur Architecture Studio, Ningbo Historic Museum, Zhejiang, China

9 / 11 Amateur Architecture Studio, Ningbo Historic Museum, Zhejiang, China

Adamo-Faiden, Chalú-House, Buenos Aires, Argentina

10 / 11 Adamo-Faiden, Chalú-House, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, Za-Koenji Public Theatre, Tokyo, Japan

11 / 11 Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, Za-Koenji Public Theatre, Tokyo, Japan


All the big dogs of contemporary architecture are brought together in the new travel editon of the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture, which reduces the best, biggest and most outlandish structures of the last decade to fit in the palm of your hand.

The original Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture is huge, weighty and monumental, not unlike the buildings it includes - now you can take all that knowledge with you on your travels without exceeding budget airlines' pesky baggage limits.

Despite being a fraction of the size, the new travel version contains over 50 of the best new builds which have sprung up in the years since the original tome was published in 2008. Click on the gallery to get a taster of some of them, including I.M Pei’s cubist Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, Eisenman Architects’ Galicia City of Culture in Spain and the amazing Bridge School in China which sits above a creek joining the two sides of the village Xiashi and has walls made only of thin timber slats. Click here to order online.


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