ArtEZ Academie van Bouwkunst Arnhem

Book coverArtEZ Academie van Bouwkunst Arnhem

In the world of architecture, where budgets generally have no role to play when it comes to agency and project presentations, this catalogue is a statement. Simple monochrome, unobtrusive format, cheap paper and nothing much of a cover. The only colour is on the spine, sprayed red. Look, the book seems to be trying to say, this isn’t about the packaging, it’s about the contents.


The design research and the process of making were two important themes in the graduation plan and this catalogue is the result. Once inside, one soon comes across the layeredness that expresses the complexity of the graduation assignment. An attempt has been made to make everything three-dimensional on a flat surface. The twelve candidates have been photographed in impossible poses, folded up in a square made of planks; under the photos there is curious, illegible typography: more form than type. The nine letters of the word bouwkunst (architecture) have been photographed as if from the air and then used as illustration on the cover and an intermezzo between the various projects. The real three-dimensional work has been arranged clearly and instructively. The pleasure derived from its making is what this book was designed to express, and it has succeeded wonderfully with simple resources. It is rich without being showy.

Edition: 2006
Language: Dutch
Final editor: Ko Jacobs, Machiel Spaan
Publisher: ArtEZ Academie van Bouwkunst Arnhem
Graphic designer: Céline Lamée, Maaike van der Zee
Printer: Veenman Drukkers, Rotterdam
Binder: Handboekbinderij Geertsen, Nijmegen
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 165 x 240 x 12
Number of pages: 160 p.
Print run: 750
Price: € not for sale
ISBN: ISSN 1389 417X
Font and foundry: Bell Centennial
Binding style: glued
Material: 90gsm Munken Print White (interior), 150gsm Munken Print White (covers)