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 fact-filled guide for kids 7 to 17 explores the world of architecture as you’ve never seen it before, from tiny shacks to vast palaces – and everything in between!

Praise for Atlas of Amazing Architecture

”Given the global spread of coverage and the unusual buildings chosen, this is a must for children’s history, art, and architecture collections”.– Booklist Starred Review

”A delightful and informative trip around the globe”. — School Library Journal

”Peter Allen has written and illustrated a book that is stunning. I am sure there will be many, like me, who will revisit it time and time again and still find out something new and interesting”. — Just Imagine

”A vibrant, wonderful journey across the world and will open the eyes of young readers to the awe-inspiring architecture all around us”. — The BookActivist

”Both young and older readers will be drawn in, delighting in a wide-ranging exploration of fascinating buildings who are now getting a bit more exposure thanks to this fun and informative book”. — The AOI

”Bursting with fascinating detail, this book is ideal for any budding young architect”. — BookTrust

”A wonderful book to generate interest in the built environment”. — Goodreads

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. However, despite their significance, they are, for the most part, 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.

Established illustrator Peter Allen, whose work has been published extensively by Usborne and Walker, brings the illustrations alive in his typical playful and dynamic style.

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.