Street Architecture

Work by Hans van der Heijden

Book coverStreet Architecture
Book coverStreet Architecture
Book coverStreet Architecture
Book coverStreet Architecture

Street Architecture, written by architect Hans van der Heijden, architecture specialist Karin Templin and Haller Brun designers, is a real architecture book: minimalist, ordered and disciplined, with utterly stylized architectural drawings, immaculate architectural photography from Stefan Muller, and a surprising approach to the material. Van der Heijden’s designs for residential buildings are driven more by his observation of the city – as defined by facades and streets – than by any theory of architecture, and Templin accordingly compares van der Heijden’s residential designs with street frontages in Florence and other European cities. After an analysis of van der Heijden’s architecture and the elements that characterize it there is a presentation of a number of projects and a pictorial analysis of premodern European streets and their characteristics. Added to the black and full colour inks is an extra colour, Pantone Grey, and the grey of the cover is continued on the edges of the block. The effect is that the book has something sculptural about it, the interior and cover adding up to an uncommonly coherent whole.

It would be possible to find the überminimalist cover dull, but the carefully balanced typography and well thought-through structure and mise-en-page give the maximum possible space to the subject. The whole thing speaks of so much precision, care and loving attention that the result is far from dull, instead glowing with love for the job, both of architect and of book designer.


Edition: 2018
Date of publication: January 2017
Author: Karin Templin
Language: English
Translator: Wendy Thompson
Final editor: Rosamund Diamond
Image editor: Haller Brun, Hans van der Heijden
Illustrator: Hans van der Heijden Architect
Photographer: Stefan Müller, Karin Templin
Artist: Hans van der Heijden
Publisher: Hans van der Heijden Architect, Amsterdam
Available through: Bookshop
Graphic designer: Haller Brun (Amsterdam)
Lithographer: robstolk®, Amsterdam
Printer: robstolk®, Amsterdam
Binder: Patist, Den Dolder
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 210 x 300 x 10
Number of pages: 128
Print run: 750
Price: € 40.10
ISBN: 978 90 828082 0 9
Font and foundry: Neue Haas Unica (Monotype), Lyon (Commercial Type)
Binding style: Sewn soft cover
Paper for interior (grammage): 120gsm Munken Polar rough, Arctic Paper | Antalis
Material cover (grammage): 300gsm Munken Polar, Arctic Paper | Antalis
Special features: Partially printed in two colours (black and Pantone Grey) and in five colours (CMYK and Pantone Grey), the fore-edge printed in colour by Critis Prints & Shapes.