Atlas of Amazing Architecture

The most incredible buildings you've (probably) never heard of


A truly inclusive celebration of architecture around the world and across the ages.


ISBN: 9781908714879 Category:

Peter Allen


This atlas of architectural wonders eschews the classic children’s book fare of the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal, and instead takes a broader view of what constitutes amazing architecture. Buildings include: the Jameh mosque of Isfahan? in Iran, Native American plank houses in New Mexico, Stave Churches in Norway, The Djinguereber mosque in Mali, and extraordinary 18th century wooden churches on Kizhi Island, Russia.

Over 50 buildings span all the continents equally throughout history. Each of these buildings is visually striking and architecturally noteworthy; they introduce new engineering technologies or define a movement or capture the essence of a moment in human history. They epitomise the ambition and vison of an architect or a patron. But although most of them have been recognized by UNESCO or other agencies, they are not part of the main Western architectural canon. This book seeks out a more diverse, inclusive approach to what constitutes amazing architecture, and presents it with fresh illustration and clear, punchy text.

Additional information

Weight 752 g
Dimensions 22.8 x 29.1 cm
Publisher name Cicada Books Ltd
Publication date 20 August 2021
Number of pages 104
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.8 x 29.1 cm
Weight 752 g


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Peter Allen is a well-established illustrator of children's books, whose work has been published extensively by Usborne and Walker. The selection of buildings reflects his personal interest and passion for architecture. Each building is elegantly captured in his playful, dynamic style.