“In place of the staid and self-serious volume of photographs into which architects typically gather their work, POP UP is something far more mischievous,” said Ms. Joseph. Kees Moerbeek’s expertise helped to guide the evolution of the projects featured in the book from one reality to another. In the transformation from building to “pop,” each project acquired a new internal logic, even as Joseph and Moerbeek strived to be true to the original spirit. They considered the spatial narratives that led the miniatures to reveal themselves slowly, appearing one way at first, and then in other ways over time. The structures in this book are full of nooks and crannies, revealing countless details made from both images and words. Like real buildings, they invite exploration and observation from multiple angles, at multiple speeds.
Among the projects featured in the book are:
- Greenporter Hotel, Greenport, NY
- The Women’s Museum, Dallas
- The Comfort Station (North American Butterfly Association), Mission, TX
- Holocaust Memorial Garden, Salt Lake City
- Writer’s Studio, Ghent, NY
- Pedestrian Bridge, Rockefeller Univ., New York City
- Inn at Price Tower, Bartelsville, OK.
It must be an eye-catching book, because the person I spoke with when I called Off Square Books to confirm that they are carrying the book, immediately recalled seeing the books when they came in. Might be a fun publication to pick up for your own collection or the reception-area coffee table.—Gary L. Parr