20th-Century World Architecture: The Phaidon AtlasPhaidon Editors

The Phaidon Atlas of 20th Century World Architecture portrays, for the first time in one volume, an overview of the finest built architecture from around the world completed between 1900 and 1999. The unprecedented global scope of this collection of over 750 key buildings juxtaposes architectural icons with regional masterpieces.

Divided into six world regions, the collection is the result of a rigorous selection process and the input of more than 150 specialists from around the world. Each building is fully illustrated and described by a short text. In addition, a mass of useful information is provided. This includes details of architects' practices and extensive indexes. Comprehensive world data illustrates the changing economic and political contexts of architectural production throughout the century.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 450 × 310 mm (17 3/4 × 12 1/4 in)
  • Pages: 832 pp
  • Illustrations: 5500 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714857060

Phaidon Editors

"Phaidon's colossal 20th Century World Architecture is a real tour de force. While the sheer volume of information is breathtaking, what impresses me most is the fascinating view of architecture in the 20th century created by the breadth of the projects and their contexts."—Michael Graves

"[...]20th Century World Architecture documents the extraordinary quality and quantity of architecture produces during the last century. Is it possible for the work of the 21st century to match this prodigious output?"—Richard Meier

"A behemoth for serious architecture fans."—Daily Telegraph

"Anyone with a passion for architecture will love this."—Evening Standard

"20th Century World Architecture... An epic production... It aims to set architecture in wider contexts of colonisation and decolonisation, and of cultural exchanges between countries... The atlas shows a richer world than the official histories allowed for... Impressive."—The Observer

"A breathtaking overview..."—Los Angeles Times

"...A monumental tome."—The Architect's Newspaper

"Easily in the running for most engrossing coffee-table book of all time."—Publishers Weekly

"Big, bold, beautiful..."—About.com

"At a hefty 832 pages, 20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas takes a truly global and remarkably comprehensive look at projects constructed between 1900 - 1999."—Architectural Digest

"This book is an atlas but it's also a snapshot: the 20th century as seen from 2012. What a view."—The Atlantic

"One of those books I will never finish perusing, as each time I turn the page I find something new... This is an investment for your home, written in a way that is very accessible to the layman. It is also, at its simplest, a collection of really inspiring images."—The Courier-Journal

"... A beast of a book. But hoisting the tome onto your coffee table is worth it."—Architect Magazine

"... A remarkable companion... Unpack the book and you'll float into a perspective-altering history of 750 era-defining buildings."—NPR.org