Who Built That? Skyscrapers

Didier Cornille

PA Press / Abrams & Chronicle, Princeton Architectural press

An introduction to skyscrapers and their architects


Ever wanted to know how Gustave Eiffel made Paris’s iconic tower? or how the Crystler building came into being? Didier Cornille’s book is a colourful tour of 8 of the world’s tallest buildings including The John Hancock Building in Chicago, The Torre Agbar in Barcelona and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower.

Each architect is given a brief introduction followed by an outline of the construction of their designs, Cornille adopts a simple approach focusing on key facts along with some interesting additions, I never knew that the Eiffel tower was used to study the force of wind and measuring gravity, or that the pioneers of aviation tested their models there!

Didier Cornille is a designer and professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts Du Mans


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